Dear Why Team member,
Are you sometimes a headcase that could use some headspace?
I started working with a life coach about 17 years ago.
Because it’s hard to see the picture when you’re in the frame.
Even now, after all the years of self-reflection, with and without coaches, gaining insight into what it is to be a human, I find that the faster I move, the blurrier the world can become 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. And despite my progression, during hard times, my old patterns of living are always there and so easy to fall back into - unless I strive to walk on the new patterns that acquired wisdom has created.
In recent years, one of my coaches 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. As much as I have taken moments to be quiet, meditating in the moment, I am still working to establish a more regular practice.
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.”
Check out: HeadSpace;
You can download the app for free, and the guided meditations will help you gain a little more HeadSpace, and be of immeasurable value to your life, helping you increase your quality of life. Try just 10 minutes a day and discover an increased measure of proactive intentionality.
Take 10 minutes to sharpen your ax, as Abraham Lincoln suggested, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax"; you may find it to be the most valuable 10 minutes of your day.
Some may say, Steve, my life is already so busy, I can’t afford 10 minutes.
Well, that’s all the more reason to do it. Create room for creation.
Consider a new engine that works at full capacity- it’ll work great for quite a while, but after a while, the engine will need cleaning and greasing, so it can continue to produce at full capacity. This week, find time to stop and take yourself out of the picture. Sharpen your ax and clean your mind. We’re at the beginning of March, and you still have the year ahead of you.
Gain some HeadSpace to become less of a HeadCase for you and those you seek to serve -
For your best year yet!
Make it a great week!