While driving, I heard Roxette’s Listen to Your Heart come on the radio. That refrain stuck with me in a way which is often The Spirit’s way of saying “listen up”.
God speaks to us in such a way. We hear, see, read or think in a way that gets our attention and continues to nudge us. Such it was with the Roxette song; it stayed with me, and I knew this was something I needed to spend some time with.
In the busyness of life, it is so easy to get caught up in many things and not take time to be still, breathe deeply and just listen. Although God speaks in many ways, such as through circumstances, others, beauty, and sacraments (to name only a few), it is in stillness that God’s voice is frequently recognized, heard and responded to.
It is easy to say that God lives within each person, it is much harder to be open to this God who dwells within. We can all trust that each person is made in God’s image but it is hardest of all to trust that that includes me. Maybe that is why it is so hard to be still and listen to the God who lives in our heart? Could it be fear to be that intimate with God, afraid that God will find me unworthy, unlovable, a disappointment, someone to be rejected?
As I listened, I realized that I was afraid of what I might hear (sense, feel, intuit) from God deep within me.
So what did I hear when I took time to listen to my heart? I heard the still, gentle voice of God speaking. This was not in an audible voice, but in the very depth of my heart; a part of my being was saying, “You are my beloved, a unique reflection of my love. You were made in my very image, I love you and always will”.
I knew in my heart that this was true and that if God loves me so deeply and unconditionally, I need to accept that love and share it with others who are equally loved by the Divine.
Listen to your heart, to that which is at your very core of being and hear what the Divine is speaking to you.