“To allow oneself to be carried away by multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of the activist neutralizes his or her work for peace.” // Thomas Merton
I love when the universe just feels like it has your back. This morning, while I was reflecting on what to write on *flow* [there’s just SO MUCH I want to share ++ I wasn’t sure what to bring to the table] — I read the above quote from The Book of Awakening… “to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence.” Woah.
The challenge is to not only slow down, but to also accept our limitations… “The want to do it all is a want to be it all — not wanting to say no, not wanting to miss an opportunity, not wanting to be seen as less than totally compassionate. Whenever I cannot bring my entire being, I am not there. It is like offering to bring too many cups of coffee through a crowd. I always spill something hot on some innocent along the way.”
So, while originally I wanted to share with you an in-depth calendar reorganization structure ++ help you pack as much as possible into your routine, I think that will only overwhelm the both of us. Just writing out that sentence made me feel gross, aha.
Instead, I’d love to focus on the morning. How amazing would it be if your morning was filled with such love + focus + energy, that the rest of your day could be an adventure? Below are 5 things I do to cultivate a day I’m excited to live…
#1] Sleep Well
I can’t stress enough how important sleep is. I’m at my best if I have 8.5 hours of sleep. I’m even better if I have a regular bedtime + wake up time. Is this easy? Of course not! But, it truly makes all the difference. Play around with times that work for you ++ stick with it for a week. See how it affects you!
#2] Read The Book Of Awakening
You guys know how much I love this book. I can’t say enough good things about it. I haven’t used the “meditation” aspect yet, but I hope to carve out more time in my morning routine to start meditating//journaling, ++ to see if I notice a difference in my intention!
#3] Write Down 3 Things That Would Make Today Great
I’ve loved this aspect of the 5 Minute Journal! I typically share a work focus, me-time activity [even something so simple as, a cup of coffee! #TheLittleThings], random surprises for others [write a letter to X], ++ even include chores… “clean my room” is on there waaaaay too often, trying to trigger “clean = happiness” ; ). I always write down items that I have control over — rather than “today would be great if it was sunny!”
#4] Decide Who I Want To Be Today
Yesterday, I was forgiving. Today, I am focused. The Daily Affirmation [from the 5 Minute Journal] is a simple statement that defines you as you want to be. I pick a word that I want to fully express that day — even, if it’s a word that I may not *feel* at the moment. For example, if I had a big presentation in the coming days, I would pick… “I am confident.” ++ continue to repeat that to myself, until I notice the world from that perspective [++ hopefully #own my presentation ; )].
#5] Schedule My Workout
I have to add working out to this list, right? ; ) It’s very important to me that I always know when I’m going to get my sweat on that day. My workout routine was incredibly *systematic* during marathon training, ++ is more lax now — however, I want to get back on a much more structured routine, as it removes all the questions//unnecessary stress as to when am I going to work out? While my *time of day* may not be the same every day [M-F workout at 6 AM], I like to make sure my day is consistent every week [every Monday in Nov, workout at 6 PM… every Tues in Nov, workout at 8 PM, etc].
This routine takes no more than 10 minutes ++ it has seriously been a game changer in my quest for flow + purpose + presence. A mantra that I want to adopt this upcoming month [relating to the quote ++ from the BOA]: Do one thing at a time ++ do it entirely, + it will lead you to the moment of love.