I love great acting. This is the reason why I got so hooked on Mad Men, a television series about the intimate lives of New York advertising executives during the 1960’s focusing on the mysterious and talented Donald Draper.
Watching Donald Draper was like watching my dad when I was growing up. They both wore stylish suits. They both wore hats. They both drank whisky on the rocks. They also believed that you create your own opportunities in life. And, they both bought into a system that told them the more money you have, the more sex, fame, clients, adventures, the more successful and powerful you are.
I did too. For many years I sought success because deep down inside I felt I was not good enough, worthy enough. So I did everything I could to change myself, to achieve the impossible. All, so others would love me and give me the respect and attention deep down I felt I deserved. The problem with this approach is that as long as I kept looking for love and approval outside of me, I gave away my power.
This was Donald Draper’s problem too. And in the last episode, away from the world that controlled him, in the company of a small group of strangers while sitting in a circle, he gave himself permission to open his heart for the first time. He got to express his pain, his guilt and his shame. And in the midst of it all, he was loved. Deeply loved and accepted.
As I watched a lighter, peaceful, calmer, smiling version of Donald Draper emerge, my heart lit up with excitement as I remembered the countless faces of participants in my Open Heart Circles and Heart Intelligence trainings who have experienced the same. I became more aware of the transformational power that sitting in a circle regularly, offers to those who say yes to the experience. But not just any circle, a circle where you come to open your heart, and in the process, help others heal and become more their true, authentic selves.
When you open your heart you also open your mind to the many possibilities awaiting for you. You become available to the unexpected gifts and treasure that Life has reserved for you. And in the process you become a better human being, a better person, a better father, mother, friend.
This is the beginning of a new life path, The Path of your Heart. A path that offers you something new. You can resist it or you can welcome it. But either way, it’s the path you know deep in your heart sooner or later you’re here to travel. And, as Donald Draper would say, it can be greeted with terror or with joy…
Which one will you choose?