How Do you Change Careers or Your Life without Big Effort? Follow the Breadcrumbs

BirdsAttackCrumbI got this delightful email from a reader, Alena Gerst Dailey in New York City, and decided to share her fun success story with you:

A “Follow the Breadcrumbs” Success Story

“I enjoy reading your newsletter and wanted to reach out.  You wrote one thing in a newsletter a while back and I wrote it on a post it at my desk “Follow the breadcrumbs”.  I was a yoga teacher/social worker and not doing the mind/body work I set out to do, rather working in an employment program with the chronically homeless.  Follow the breadcrumbs became my mantra.  I’d send an email, follow up with someone else, ask for an informational interview, accept a volunteer opportunity, take a workshop, introduce myself…little things, crumbs really, but I followed them.  Now I’m in my first week in my new full time position at an integrative wellness initiative at NYU Medical Center.  And I love it.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts and wisdoms.”

“Follow the Breadcrumbs” How You can Discover your Ideal Career, Calling, & Life in this unconventional way.

Career, life, love….we’re looking for the master plan, kind of like an instruction booklet for how to build a bird house. But living your calling isn’t a path in which you build anything. You don’t have to create it. You don’t have to make it happen. You have to follow. You have to obey the inner signals, the nudges, the Morse code of the soul. Remember, there is a Life that calls you.

Pay attention with your heart, not your mind.

The mind wants to know where things will go. The mind doesn’t believe gargantuan things happen from sweet, tiny steps. But this is a path of intuition. It has different rules. There are no sizes. Or as A Course in Miracles says, “There is no order of difficulty in miracles.”  You’re either listening to a power that has no limits or you’re listening to a limited mind that has no power.

One nuance leads to another. You wouldn’t understand the plan. The plan would seem unthinkable. I think we swallow small bits of light, so as to not overwhelm ourselves. A child grows inches in a year, not all at once, because there is mercy in the Universe.  The Love that calls you is nothing like the world you know. So don’t look for things that “make sense” in the world you know. Follow heat. Follow sparks. Follow curiosities.

In my book This Time I Dance! Creating the Work You Love, I have a chapter called “How to Skip Through Fog” which talks about following bread crumbs in times of confusion.  “Clients come to me hoping for  maps, Triple A  Triptiks and other itineraries, and I tell them they must enter their mythical forest and stalk their infallible breadcrumbs. A crumb of rye or wheat sings to the instinct one footstep at a time. The present moment does not lack clarity. Quick, move before the crow steals your impression.”

There are those who need your gifts. Don’t worry about how to find them. Find yourself.
And follow your breadcrumbs.

Any breadcrumb stories you’d like to share?

And here’s a “breadcrumb” for anyone near the East Coast– or anyone at all who knows THIS IS THE TIME to discover and live their calling in life. Join me for the best retreat I do all year: “Unleash Your Calling: An Intensive to Create the Work and Life you Love” at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health Oct 10 through Oct 14