Some of you who are familiar with this page may know that I have a friend in Texas named Priya, who emails me a blessing every morning. When the words feel particularly apt, I make a point of sharing them. Here is the message I got today:

"The mind is the last part of yourself to listen to. It thinks of everything you can lose. The heart thinks of everything you can give, and the soul thinks of everything you are. It is up to you to decide which of those three is the most important…"

To this, may I add a fourth item of consideration? THE GUT. My friend Iva taught me years ago to listen to my gut above all…even sometimes above my heart (which, in my case, at least, can often be too soft and squishy and even fearful.) The lower intestine, though? It always seems to know the real deep-down truth about what's going on.

So what do you all think? Who or what do you listen to? You mind? Heart? Soul? Gut?

The hairs on the back of your neck?

What parts of yourself do you really trust?


via Elizabeth Gilbert’s Facebook Wall