I recorded this video while I was walking back to the farmhouse in Ujire, India, on the two-mile road between the main road and the farmhouse. Although I left Ujire several weeks ago, I'm posting this now because I feel this message is very important.
When we follow our inner compass -- our intuition -- we discover that life feels less restricted. Things just seem to flow from one thing to the next.
This effect can even be seen in the video. Initially, I wasn't going to record anything and I began walking away from the stream to continue on to the farm. But I felt something tugging at me. My inner compass was telling me to turn around and capture the moment.
Unlike a compass, however, life doesn't always point in the same direction. And it's not supposed to. If you listen carefully, your inner compass will push you in the right direction, guiding you where you need to go.
But it's important to recognize that "the right direction" isn't always the easiest, most obvious, or even the most pain-free route. I wasn't going to record this video initially because I was feeling sick and I just wanted to get back home. In the end, however, recording this video actually made me feel better.
Strangely enough, it was in this same spot that I learned and wrote about lessons from a crab on how the right path in life isn't always obvious or easy. I think that's an important lesson to keep in mind when following our compass.
Life isn't all fun and games. It's not all pleasure and happiness. Ignoring our inner compass and always looking for the easiest route will have the opposite effect and lead to more difficulties in life.
This doesn't mean we should blindingly follow any whim that comes along. If we're trekking and we come across a great chasm, do we listen to the compass and keep walking? No, we use the compass as a guide, to assist us on the journey.
In the same way, listen to your compass. Hear it. Be aware of it. Use it to help you make decisions. When in doubt, trust it. Let it be your guide; your mentor. Respect it. Just as a real compass is simply a tool, use your own inner compass to guide you on the journey of life.