Life is a series of daily practices.
That little nugget came to me during morning meditation and what I’ve noticed is though I preach often, I haven’t fully developed the daily practices that my soul is calling out for. I understand that in order for me to be the very best version of myself, it’s important for me to acknowledge the practices I’ve allowed to fade and the ones I want to embrace and develop.
It’s the beginning of February, the second month of the year. Let me ask; have you stayed true to the intentions you set or the resolutions you made? And have you continued to work with the energy of the word or words you chose to carry with you through this calendar year? How’s all that going for you? What steps or actions have you taken in manifesting your intentions? What new practices have you put into play? It’s one thing to think of ways to be the best version of you, but it’s a whole other thing to create an action plan, take the steps and incorporate new practices into your life.
What is your soul calling out for?
What new version of yourself do you want to present to the world?
What new habits (practices) do you want to schedule into your life?
That’s right. I said schedule into your life.
So often I hear people say they don’t have time for something. I don’t have time to exercise my body, I don’t have time to meditate, I don’t have time to learn something new, I don’t have time to blah blah blah. The practices are not going to schedule themselves. It’s up to you. This is where the action comes into play.
I invite you to take a look at your current schedule of affairs. What have you made a priority? How important is it to you to incorporate a new practice into your day, or week or month. Remember, practices don’t have to be daily. What matters most, is that you make the new practice reasonable. What does that mean? It means setting a schedule that is going to work for you.
I have drastically increased my mediation practice. I strive for daily, but I noticed when my husband is home, I tend to allow myself to let it slip, or I end up meditating later in the day, which I don’t like at all. I allow myself to use him being home, as an excuse. And that’s sucky. So notice the moments when you’re allowing excuses to hold back the best version of you.
Reading. What’s that? (insert laughter)
Reading is a practice that I’ve let fade. It’s an excuse, but I really love reading outside and right now in New England it’s damn cold! I mean cold! This is just another example of a practice that would aide me in being a better me! So when I think about bringing this practice back into the fold, I think 3 days a week would work for now. That’s reasonable.
I could go on and on with examples of practices and the reasonability around them, but I think you get the point I’m trying to make here.
I invite you to take another look at the 2019 intentions and resolutions you set. If you haven’t taken any action steps around them, please do NOT start beating yourself up about it. Remember, releasing all self-criticism is a practice. Re-evaluate. What’s a priority for you? How badly do you want a new practice to be your priority? Get clear, and then create an action plan. Keep it reasonable! Stick to it and let it become a new habit for you.
Invite the newest and best version of you emerge! The world is waiting!