I remember teaching some fabulous concepts about starting our day with? quiet. We were at a retreat in January and following the concepts of the book The Joy Diet by Martha Beck. I even followed this routine for a few? days. Yep, just a few days.
The concept is this: Start your day with? nothing, 15 minutes of nothing. Even if you start with 5 minutes, give it a try. I remember how grounded it felt the days I set a timer and truly just let my mind not do anything. Doesn?t mean my mind was quiet, I just let it run at its pace and focus on nothing and anything that came my way. It was freeing and centering, when I did it. My days went better, were more productive, and I could accomplish more, when I did it.
Lately, I?ve been finding myself feeling scattered, overwhelmed and not centered at all. I am craving some quiet. Oh ya?
So I fought for it today. In the middle of the radio blaring the news from Great Britain about their pullout from the EU, I went upstairs, closed the door and set my timer for 15 minutes. It was worth it.
Just 15 minutes, and I felt clearer and revived and you know what, I can?t wait to do it again tomorrow. And I will fight for it.
Really? Isn?t there some other way to make this easier to accomplish? Nope, Just Doing It worked for Nike, I think it might just have to happen that way for me too. We just have to remind ourselves of the reason and the pay off and keep doing it.
- Pick a morning routine that you?d like to begin practicing: quiet, yoga, stretching, meditation? anything you?re craving.
- Set the specific time in your calendar that you?re going to do this (and the days.) Pick 5 out of 7 days.
- Write a list of all the benefits of this routine.
- Then Just Do It!!!
You?ll be so glad you did.
Tell me what you chose. I?ll even follow up with you if you?d like some accountability.
Until next time,
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