Dear Why Team members,
Are you sometimes a headcase that could use some headspace?
I started working with a life coach about 14 years ago. During those early days, especially, I came to really appreciate the saying that it's hard to see the picture when you're in the frame. Now after all these years of self reflection and insight into what it is to be a human, I find that my old patterns of living are always there and so easy to fall back into. The faster I move the blurrier the world becomes and the more likely I am to bump into things. Unfortunately those bumps can be hurtful to others and thus hurtful to me and my highest aspirations.
In recent years, my coach has urged me to begin a meditative practice, establishing a discipline around stopping, observing, emptying the mind and just being in the moment. Here's an observation for you; When was the last time you were aware of your breathing? It's fascinating how...
...something so necessary to life is so easily taken for granted. Miss a couple breaths and you will most assuredly gain consciousness of the present moment. Anyway, as much as I have sporadically taken moments to be quiet, meditating in the moment, I had yet to have established any regular practice -until recently.
A friend of mine turned me onto an app called HeadSpace. You can download the app for free and receive the first 10 guided meditations for free. They are really well done, enjoyable, and only 10 minutes long. This app, assisting you to gain a little more HeadSpace, will be of immeasurable value to your life. I'm reminded of what Martin Luther once said, "I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer". While that may be a bit extreme, it certainly makes the point of how valuable it is to gain some head space. Try just 10 minutes a day and discover an increase in your quality of life, as well as an increased measure of proactive intentionality. Abraham Lincoln said, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
Take 10 minutes to sharpen your axe, you may find it to be the most valuable 10 minutes of your day. Gain some HeadSpace to become less of a HeadCase for you and those you seek to serve.
Make it a great week,