In many spiritual traditions, it is the heart, not the head, that is the center of knowing. The voice of the heart is heard in prayer, meditation, and imagination. Find a quiet place and close your eyes. Place your hand over your heart, and draw several deep breaths. Now think of those things on which you invested energy during the past week. Consider how each of these items contributed to or detracted from your contentment. Now, still holding this list of items in your mind, consider how you feel about this assignment of resources. As you continue to breathe calmly, shift your attention to your heart, and ask it what is required for its contentment. For what does it yearn? Don’t try to answer right away for your heart, just wait and listen. If the answer seems complicated, your outer personality is interfering. For the inner Self things are simple. When you have an answer, compare this with your earlier list. Notice what feelings arise. Then consider investing some of your money, time, and energy in what your heart yearns for as opposed to what your head desires.

Contentment: A Way to True Happiness

by Robert A. Johnson, Jerry M. Ruhl