99: Trusting the Intelligence of Your Heart with Leyla Salvade
Ever feel like it’s impossible to forgive and heal your heart? In this episode, Leyla Salvade shares 3 things that will help you accept and open your heart despite your struggles, and how that heart opening can help you accept one of the most empowering truths: we are responsible for our own love first.
What You'll Learn in this Episode:
- The important thing we lose in school when we focus only on intellectual growth.
- Why courage starts from the heart rather than the head.
- Training our heart to open and expand into bigger realms.
Nuggets of Wisdom from Leyla:
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye…” from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
“All of our lives, we’re surrounded by all of these signs and symbols. In a sense, we’re guided to listen to our heart. But due to social conditioning, we don’t. When we are talking about energy, it’s something that’s so deeply within us. We are energy and we tend to shut that out because it is quite scary and because we are not taught how to deal with that. When we are in a state of fear of something, and confusion, of course we are not going to venture there. I also would like to talk about the virtue of courage. The actual word itself is derived from the French word cor, which means heart. So, to be courageous means to act from the heart. And when we have the courage to connect to our heart and open it up, believe me, I know for myself, it's a very very scary thing. But just like with everything else, when you practice, it becomes second nature. So just like you would during a workout in the gym, you lift weights and break those muscles so that they can rebuild stronger ones. When we choose to use courage, other than fear, we’re literally training our heart to open and expand to bigger realms. I can let more love, more light, more everything in, and become more resilient towards whatever may come our way.”
“It’s a self-love practice. It’s the forgiveness practice. No matter how perfect or imperfect parents are, there’s always going to be a time when a child experiences not being loved. And that is just part of this journey, and it’s in those moments where we have to realize that only we are responsible for our own love. Nobody else can give us love. Once we become the love generator of ourselves, we have the courage to forgive, because it’s so hard to forgive. It really really is. We are holding on to this heavy stuff that is so hard to break free from, because it is anchoring us down. We feel stuck, we feel lost, we feel confused, and just choosing to literally start choosing to lift up one of those anchors is already one of the most courageous steps you can take.”
What does it mean to be a Vibrant Happy Woman?
“To have the courage to have an open heart so that you can live boldly and courageously in your highest light.”
A Challenge from Leyla:
“Have the courage to open your heart and let in some light into that powerful space and dare to feel what it means to live courageously.”
Links From This Episode:
- Heal Your Heart: A Journey of Self Love
- Follow Leyla on Instagram and also Standing Light and Heart To Table
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