What Sets Your Heart Right?
by Jill Sockman
I’ve been busy. Way too busy for way too long. It’s an issue, and I know it, and I’ve slowly been working to change that over the course of the past two years. It’s not an easy shift to make when your schedule is created 18+ months in advance, so slow and steady it’s been, accepting with patience (-ish) that there are wheels set in motion and the best I can do is to continue to look for opportunities to create space.
So, it’s Monday morning, the first of the month. That means there’s a newsletter to finish, payroll to do, accounting to get caught up on…private sessions, meetings… it’s a busy day. So what? Your day is busy too. Tomorrow will be busy as well.
I meant to get online to write this last night, I really did, but I was tired and thought “just wait, you’ll be fresher in the morning!” While this is probably true, there is a whole day of doings waiting for me. I feel the pressure (all self-induced but pressure all the same) to get rolling. No wonder Atlas was all bent over. This world is heavy to carry around.
Reaching for my computer I thought, “I’ll get my practice in later” to which I actually heard laughter. There is a reason I get up and do my practice before I do anything else. And that is because I have been doing this for many, many years and have experimented with other ways, with no success. Ever. My practice happens first thing in the morning because it won’t happen any other time. For precisely the reasons above. And if I think that I’m too busy first thing in the morning to sit for a hot minute and set myself right for the day, it’s surely not going to happen later in that busy day. Let me repeat. Not. Going. To. Happen. And furthermore, when it doesn’t happen? Well, I’m no good to anyone for anything. And I know it. So to the mat I went.
What is that thing that you need on a daily basis to be the best version of you? Maybe it’s a yoga practice of some kind, or perhaps prayer, journaling, silent reflection, devotional reading, time in nature… I don’t mean getting in your workout or eating a healthy breakfast. I’m asking you to think about what is it that sets your heart right for the day? What clears the path from your busy goal-oriented brain to your grateful, inspired soul? And are you making 5-15-60-90 minutes to do it? Every day? To remind yourself who you are, who you want to be, what you’re grateful for and how you want to live in this world? Because if you’re not making it a priority, a whole lot of life can slide by before you recognize that you’ve wandered off the path you want to walk.
You are the only you in the world. Connecting to your unique purpose and the source of the abundance in your life is essential if you are going to make your contribution in the limited time we’ve got. Don’t waste a single day.