I know the title of this one might sound nuts…. if we are stopping then doesn’t that mean we are not doing any activity? Well yes, and no. Even just sitting still is an activity, and it’s one most of us don’t value or practice enough. From childhood on we get scolded for “just sitting there doing nothing” or “wasting time” etc. Have you ever had this happen to you?
What I find curious is how in the world can you ever “waste” time? Time is. What you are doing during it can’t be eliminated so it can’t be wasted. What I think is really being said in that statement is “I don’t understand what you ARE doing and this makes me uncomfortable so I am going to try to stop you.” This is why STOP time is best done alone in room by yourself. But it’s not necessary. You can stop and “day-dream” or people watch or whatever any time and anywhere.
I find that STOP-time is a refueling time, even if I am not eating. It refuels my energy reserves. Gives me time for my thoughts to catch up with me.
So during the STOP session of your Book-ended Day Routine you get to do whatever you want. I do a mixture of things from just watching the wind blow the leaves in my trees to writing out my thoughts in my journal. Sometimes I listen to music and other times I will meditate.
For my daily routine on the days I work I tend to keep my Book-end Routine short and I make sure to give my day an energy boost. I will expand my inner light energy and see my days activities going as planned and then I add in how I want to feel during this day. There are many practices I have tried over the years; meditations, visualizations, affirmations, mirror work, EFT and others. Any one of them might be what I do in my 15 minutes. I simply “check-in” with my inner wisdom and do what comes naturally.
Once my time is up, or I feel I am ready for my day, I wrap it up and go about my day. At night I do a review section and possibly create a plan for the next day but usually I just write out what I was grateful that day so I end the day on a appositive note.
What do you find yourself doing now that you have developed a daily practice of STOP-ing to restore and rebuild your energy?
’till next time,
Your Personal Space Coach