During the week I had a few in-person conversations around my course on teachable(INNER COURSE™ - $35) and one of the challenges that were expressed over and over, was how difficult it is to find the time to sit down and reflect.
It was very easy for me to say "All you need to do is create a little more spacefor downtime." I know it's more to it than that.
Keep reading and find out how to get past the barriers of creating time to self and helpful tools you can use in your space.
In our hectic world, we don’t have time to be alone anymore. Whenever we have a quiet moment for reflective thought, we often avoid it by escaping to our mobile devices or some other distraction. I’m guilty of this myself with binge watching. But I also enjoy time in my sacred space just being and will get up and go into that space at any time.
But I understand where that mindset of staying busy stems from. Our culture is fixated on fast-paced “go, go, go” mentality and if you're not doing something then you're not being productive. And even when you don't have anything to do, theirs still some form of doing happening.
The truth is that this busy and escapism lifestyle is mostly due to our own behavior and choices, rather than outside considerations. Some of us find it uncomfortable to be alone with our thoughts and we don't see the value in being introspective about our life.
Here a few ways introspection can be a positive tool in your daily life:
- You make better decisions because that practice causes you to pause, think, weigh options, consequences, and advantages to a decision. Your decisions will be based on fully understanding what is right or wrong for you.
- It allows you to recognize any negative patterns, and how and why they have a detrimental effect on your life. From there, you can consider alternative approaches to these negative effects.
- It allows you to admit your fears to yourself and eventually learn the best way to handle them.
In the midst of your weekend plans, I want to challenge you to make some space for yourself. You game?
Start with 15-30 minutes. Giving yourself space is a lot more helpful than you might expect. Introspection is an overlooked practice that can bring clarity, peace of mind and even help solve problems.
Not sure what you can do once you have created space for yourself?
- Actual space (whether it be a room or an area in a room)
- Enough time to sit still for at least 30 minutes in order for clarity to arise
- A journal or a simple composition notebook (or your computer or phone)
- A Writing tool (pen, pencil, crayon)
- Relaxing music (or silence, if you prefer)
Hit reply and let me how things went with the space you created for yourself.
I'm naturally an introspective person on a daily basis, but this weekend I'm switching it up a little and getting into some fun stuff. I'm making space to go to an African dance class with friends and I'm going to Dave & Buster's with a community of families with children who have special health care needs to play for a couple of hours.
Much Love & Light,