As an adult who has long since passed the intense emotionality of adolescence, I have come to appreciate a balanced passion for both my work and creative endeavors. My passions have become linked to my drive and motivation and I feel it as a fire in my heart that moves me forward in my life. There are many things I am passionate about; all forms of creative expression, beauty, nature, soul healing, and deep emotional connection between people and spirit.
I say “as and adult”, because I am the mother of two teenagers. I have the privilege and honor of assisting and watching them become the women they are to become. I also get to help them navigate through the world of their strong and ardent feelings – when allowed. Sometimes the internal storms turn outward and seemingly throw their world out of balance.
Passion is a beautiful thing; it is like the sacred fire within our soul that guides us to wholeness. It both directs and drives us to our goals, and is an integral part of our becoming. However, misdirected passion, or desires sometimes can create havoc in our world. True passion comes from the heart, whereas desire comes from the appetite.
How do you differentiate “unbridled desire” from soul-centered passion? What are you most passionate about? How do your passions help you grow into your authenticity? Does your passion ever cause conflict in your life? Do you need to be more in touch with your passions? Where and how can you touch your passion in your daily life?
©Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski