For those of you familiar with Danielle LaPorte, you know what’s coming. For those that aren’t, let me briefly acquaint you with this incredible human. And by that I simply mean, this is her media bio:
Danielle LaPorte is the creator of The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul, author of the bestseller, The Fire Starter Sessions (with Random House/Crown), and co-creator of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan. An inspirational speaker, poet, former think tank exec and business strategist, she writes weekly at DanielleLaPorte.com, where over a million visitors have gone for her straight-up advice — a site that’s been deemed “the best place online for kick-ass spirituality,” and was named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes.
The Desire Map is a holistic life-planning endeavor where you get down and dirty with your Core Desired Feelings. We’re talking earth-shattering, this is why I live and breathe, how do I manifest more of this wonderment, please don’t take me off this glorious ride, feelings. As Danielle says, it’s where, “the inner meets the outer. The spirit drives the material.” So naturally, I was all for it.
A little less than a year ago I attempted it for the first time in the middle of my living room with a television on and four people around me. Down and dirty? Not so much. Then a few weeks later I attempted again. Eight semi-relatable words and convoluted definitions later, I decided to take a break. Until now.
This summer has been profound—thanks to three retrogrades and an eclipse or two—and it slowly and solidly chipped away at every thought pattern, belief, relationship, etc. that was holding me back. To say that I hardly recognize the version of me that began this summer would be an understatement. So you could imagine how the aftermath of all of that created the perfect environment for me return to this mapping thing. And lo and behold, I did…and did it good.
Presenting my Core Desired Feelings to the world is a bit intimidating so if you’d be so kind, drum roll please.
SOULFUL : TRANSCENDENT : ROOTED : WILD : EARTHY
And here’s what they mean to me:
1. soulful (warm, deep, luscious, rich, inviting, powerful, sensual)
to be soulful is to have a smoldering, lingering passion for life’s depth and richness. to infuse the day-to-day with pleasurable small details and to fully enjoy sensory experiences. to be warm and inviting in expression yet luscious and powerful at the core. to express the pure, unadulterated, alluring, magnetic mystique of womanhood.
2. transcendent (mystical, expansive, connected, divine, infinite, wonder-filled)
to be transcendent is to experience the interconnectedness of life and the divinity within all of us. to live in a state of wonder as you experience the expansiveness of the universe. to marvel at the brilliance of life in such a way as to diffuse all anxieties. to infuse the mystical into the mundane. to embrace the infinite possibilities and stay unbounded and unlimited.
3. rooted (centered, grounded, whole, aligned, intentional)
to be rooted is to be wholly present and fully aligned mind, body, and soul. to have love, home, and community flowing abundantly to you and from you. to move with intention and to be thoughtful in all that you do so nothing that comes forth from your efforts is aimless.
4. wild (adventurous, curious, free, receptive, lighthearted, resilient)
to be wild is to be true to and trusting of one’s intuition and receptive toward whatever comes from the universe. to live freely and to follow one’s internal curiosities on continual adventures. to stand strong in the face of adversity, resilient and brave, and to be hopeful for better days. to keep a lightness in your heart while your bare feet tread many winding paths. to remain unbroken and unapologetic in your expression of your pure, divine spirit.
5. earthy (healing, nourishing, fresh, lively, creative, true)
to be earthy is to bring healing and nourishment to yourself and others through a connection to nature. to live in a way that is simple, pure, kind, and true. to express a freshness and creativity that is life-giving to our planet and to humanity. to be generative; a fertile place where any and all goodness you wish to create can grow and thrive.
Fun right? Happy mapping!