Essential End of Month Practice: January
There’s always been a momentum, or an energy, that comes with the beginning of a new year. And 2013 has taken that to new levels. January has come in a blur of activity – time seemed to pass even quicker than usual. And now that the end of the month is upon us, you may feel as though you didn’t get nearly as much started or accomplished as you had hoped.
You know what though, I bet you actually did A LOT more than you think. We don’t give ourselves nearly enough credit for the things we do every single day. Take a moment and consider what you have done this month. (Your ego might be telling you that this is stupid, don’t take the time to do this – do it anyway!)
- What did you complete?
- What did you start?
- What fun did you add to your life?
- What changes did you make?
- What routines did you continue?
- What did you do this month that you are most proud of?
Spend a few minutes reflecting on those things. Since we don’t often spend time reviewing what we’ve done, it’s easy to overlook the multitude of what we actually accomplished. Celebrate and honor what you HAVE done, instead of beating yourself up for the things that you didn’t do.
Rushing through life, always moving on to the next big thing is often what causes a lot of unhappiness. Find stillness in between the motion, to sit with what you’ve accomplished. Allow the feeling of success to seep into your body. Begin to give yourself permission to marvel at what you can do, are doing, and will do with your time.
We are a society driven by success, accomplishment, and action. It is important to achieve on your own terms, in order to be happy and fulfilled. It is easy to get wrapped up in doing, and forget about simply existing and enjoying life. Isn’t that the point of doing all these activities anyways?
I invite you to DO less, and BE more this next month. We are after all human beings not human doings. Acknowledge all that you do on a daily basis, no matter how simple and small. When you can relieve some of the pressure of achieving, it opens you up to simply be who you are. You will do things because they are an extension of who you are being. And that, is bliss.