If you’re anything like me, you might not be great at keeping New Year’s Resolutions. I used to fuss at myself for not having the will power to make the changes in my life, but now I know better.
You see, my personality-self loves when I list goals and make plans. My personality-self loves when I use my mind to make all the decisions.
But, there is a deeper, wiser version of me that balks when I only make decisions with my head.
If you are one of those people who need help finishing things or staying on track, this post is not for you.
Today, I am talking to all my folks out there who rule the world from their desks (home or office). The lovely ladies and gentlemen who get shit done. Who juggle kids, work, exercise, and social obligations. The people who can book spring break vacations while grocery shopping. The women who read their latest book club book on the Peloton.
I love a new calendar. I am thrilled that paper calendars and planners are having a comeback. I’ve missed them!
The new fancy calendars with dots, to-do lists, planners, and inspirational quotes are incredible. They’re beautiful creations, but they’re not for me.
It’s super easy for me to become a taskmaster when I have too specific of a plan. I’ll work like hell to get it done.
If you are like this,
Bill Gates grew up a little different than most of us. He came from an affluent family, went to leading-edge schools, and knew from the time he was a tot that he was good at math–not just good at math but a genius at math.
In the 7th grade, he took a statewide exam and scored better than anyone in the sate. Not just for 7th graders but 7th-12th graders. He had something special.
My friend Alison is shopping for a new car. Her 2002 Nissan served her well, but her trusted chariot is turning into a clunker.
Alison visited one of those mega auto-centers to test drive a bunch of potential new rides. Her primary goal is to find something she feels comfortable driving, so she immediately nixed one of the cars because it has too many blind spots that made it hard to see and navigate.
One of the most effective spiritual practices I’ve committed to is keeping a meditation journal. Over the years, it’s become a treasure map from my Soul to me.
You see, Souls speak in the languages of emotions, sensations, and imagery. They often use these languages during meditation to give messages and information.
Your Soul gently communicates with you. Those subtle nudges show up in a variety of ways.
- Maybe a tingly feeling in your body like champagne bubbles on the inside.
Meditation is on the rise. Lots of folks are touting the benefits of quieting your mind for a few minutes a day. Lower blood pressure, less, anxiety, a better night’s sleep, a clearer mind, and a calmer attitude are just a few of the benefits of meditation.
What the health experts aren’t telling you is that when you begin to meditate, especially if you develop a consistent meditation practice, you can have experiences that science can’t easily explain.
I’m going to be upfront with you. I believe meditation is a big piece of spiritual life. I haven’t found a better practice to release my pesky, troubling thoughts so that I can feel my natural state of peace.
But I get it. I live in the real world too. I understand you don’t always have time to meditate. When you do make time, it can be hard to quiet your thoughts.