“To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books.” ― Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol
How are you choosing to travel through your life experience?
During a recent discussion with a co-host for an Ask Me Anything segment of The Empowering Process Podcast we talked a bit about being unaware as we go through life and learn how to self-reflect.
Most of you were raised with models that demonstrated how to live a life day in and day out. You witnessed and learned that there is a certain pattern to each day that creates a structure you live within.
Routines give you a framework, consistency to your life, so you are able to manage the chaos in your world.
This becomes a rut when your routine is robotic and a bit boring. Things like:
- You have the same breakfast routine and don’t even realize you have eaten
- You wake up about the same time every day, feed the cat, brush your teeth, and take care of your personal grooming all in exactly the same sequence and manner each day
- You drive to and from (work, school, stores, friends) using the same route and often don’t remember getting to your destination
Routines create rhythms and a sense of peace and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.
How, then, do you create routines that support you in your life without them becoming a rut?
As Dan Brown’s quote implies, touch the books in your library.
- When you start your breakfast routine, take the time to honor your food, appreciate what you are feeding your body, and pay attention to the flavors as you take each bite
- Wake up the same time but, before getting out of bed, spend a few seconds in gratitude for the things you have in your life. Hold a loving conversation as you feed the cat, pay close attention to each tooth as you clean them, and embark on your personal care ritual with focus
- On occasion, change the route you take when you drive to and from (work, school, stores, friends). Otherwise, make a conscious effort to notice something at each stop light, make a game of the types of vehicle you pass or that pass you, or notice how the light changes from when you started your trip to when it is finished
Each of these suggestions is an exercise in self-reflecting and focus. This is how you begin to be more aware of who you are and what is going on in your life. These are the steps to accountability, creativity, and calm.
These are simple suggestions that have huge impacts on your life. It is in the small shifts where you see huge results.
You have the power to choose how you respond. The practice of conscious choice and being present in the uniqueness of the moment allows you to take control, accept responsibility, and be aware that your purpose, power, and presence belong to you alone.
Let go and tap into your purpose. If you want to know more, go ahead and schedule a complimentary session with me today at: Complimentary Coaching If not now, when?