Abundance on a tree. Photo by Pauline DeForest
It’s a blue sky day as I write to you with a warming sun and a sparkling lake in view.
Each morning before I move to my office to do “my work” I do something I’ve begun to call my pre-work. Pre-work is the stuff I do to prepare for my day and thus prepare me for the work I do here almost every day of the week.
My Pre-work Practice
1. On waking I clap my hands together and say out loud, “I’m having a great day.” (The first part of creating my day and not just reacting to what happens.)
2 Shortly after I get up I spend an hour in meditation.
Meditation is hungry work so breakfast follows and then.
3. I spend some time doing the following task.
I write out ten things I am grateful for. You can download this file here : Ten Ten Exercises.
I write out ten things I would like to attract into my life today. (Part of the download I mentioned.)
Then I read from my daily reader for that day…currently I’m reading :The Maxwell Daily Reader: 365 Days of Insight to Develop the Leader Within You and Influence Those Around You By John C Maxwell. It will take me until December 31 2013. It’s a good practice even if you just read that day’s message while eating your cereal before dashing off to work. If you want a more spiritual Day Book I suggest: The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have by Mark Nepo. I love that book.
Then I read from a self-development or personal development book, make notes on the thoughts I have in my Journal. This runs anywhere from 7.30 or 8 to 9 a.m. I try (what a horrible little word) to get in at least 1/2 hour each weekday. I don’t always succeed in following these steps…sometimes other priorities or sheer laziness on my part get in the way; but not often.
4. I make a strong habit of being at my desk by 10 am, if not a little earlier.
Now I have the gift of owning my day. I worked hard…and asked for it over many years…and when the Universe handed me this gift…it did not come in the way I imagined….but it is still a wonderful gift.
I did the first two practices for years even when working full-time and some of #3. I tell you that because my life purpose is to find ways to inspire others to live a joyful and full life. It’s part of my DNA to steal a common phrase these days.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve gained insight into the dilemma at the heart of change: resist change and satisfy our need to fulfill an age-old instinct to do the safe thing or embrace change and the almost paralyzing fear that we need to over come to allow change to happen.
Here is my startling realization from just a couple of days ago. I assumed when I talked about transformation…when I offered up exercises to do…and books to read and things to think on that my growth and yours would lead to a better world and thus by extension a SAFER WORLD! But when we stretch to change and grow and take on our human responsibility to change and grow…we live more fully in the moment…but that moment isn’t always a safer one: actually by embracing change and seeking self growth and development…it actually makes you and me more vulnerable…more open to the herd mentality which looks with suspicion and scorn and sometimes even violence against those that standout…that throw off the shackles and face fear and stare it down and go on to do the work they know they need to do: to do the work …the real work of their lives.
Don’t get me wrong, please, because the more of us who adventure beyond the shire even if we take fearful step, leads us all to a better world…a world of adventure, of excitement, of unexpected moments, of deep relationships, and of soaring joy and much more; all of which we need here and now.
But don’t think that your transformation creates a safer world…safe is the status quo, the uninspired, the timid spirit, the world of mediocrity and disinterest.
You can live in the world of “rather safe than sorry” or you can stand out…be noticed.. lead change. Remember Copernicus? Joan of Arc?
Now I get to repeat the question in the subject of this email: Do you really want to change?
Here’s a quote to help you ponder that question:
What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly in contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.
Source: Jiddu Krishnamurti
There is no right or wrong answer to this…but a question to ponder to speculate on, to roll around in your mind and to explore.
I am hoping that you want to see a better world transformed by your own inner change and thus, that you are willing to charge the barricades along with the rest of us, then sit by the camp fire at night and exchange the stories of our adventures.
This weeks inspirational video. Follow the link below.