We are just beginning the March 2017 theme of Books That Changed My Life, but I’m not quite done yet, there are still a few pieces of magic in store. This week I am so elated and grateful to write about The Desire Map, by the incredibly inspiring Danielle LaPorte. This book is a powerhouse shifter for anyone feeling lost, unclear, or in search of deeper soul inspired direction.
The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul, is all about setting goals with intention, and soulful clarity. Amazon.com says, “With The Desire Map, Danielle LaPorte brings you a holistic life-planning tool that will revolutionize the way you go after what you want in life. Unapologetically passionate and with plenty of warm wit, LaPorte turns the concept of ambition inside out and offers an inspired, refreshingly practical workbook for using the Desire Map process.”
Danielle is a huge inspiration to me, and her career and ‘image’ of authenticity and rawness inspires me everytime I see something of hers online, or with her name attached. From my perspective she leads a life of magic, flow, and serious connection to Source. Her vibe is a little wild too, which is something I am very keen on.
The Desire Map showed me a way to set goals that I hadn’t really grasped or awakened to quite yet when I began the book. The concept of focusing on Core Desired Feelings was groundbreaking to me, and it has become quite crucial to how I lead my life.
The simplicity of having just a few words to work from, intuitively or not so much, is a really powerful and stunning piece of wisdom that I will likely carry with me into my grave, or next life. I remember watching spiritual teachers on youtube one night as I was painting, and a random video of Danielle was on. I was kind of listening as I was painting… Until the very end of her time on stage.
Danielle began reciting a poem of hers, that I would learn from reading The Desire Map was titled ‘Decide To Rise’, and after a few words I rewound the video to the beginning of the poem. I was glued to her presence as she spoke. This poem was the only thing I needed to hear from that video at that time, I was in tears, and the message was beyond what my heart and soul needed to be told on that night.
As I mentioned before, I rediscovered that poem in all of it’s wise simplicity and realness in The Desire Map, and I often go back to read it. It is one of very few things that will deeply remind me of what I want, and how I need to get it, who I need to be to achieve all that I want to. To this day I get chills when I listen to her recite this poem.
I am beyond grateful to and for Danielle for sharing her story, for publishing her works no matter what someone might say or judge. The Desire Map is just the tip of the iceberg, her emails and public speaking engagements (though I have not personally attended, I have seen many a video) are soulfully real and unapologetic.
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