Some of you are at a loss for how to create peace in this crazy world we live in, others are worrying financially or about the health of a loved one. Our minds can race about things we cannot control, creating a mind full of chaos. We can’t close our eyes or ears to what is happening in the world around us, but changing our reactions is possible. What you give yourself is a crucial ingredient in creating change and making a positive impact both in your life and the world at large.
In a recent Breathing Spaces Care Circle, we discussed how to stay hopeful in turbulent times. It is easy to get caught up in the swirl of what is happening in the world around us, yet no effective change results in that. I can’t fix yesterday, and I can’t wipe the energy clean to prevent any negatives from happening tomorrow. I can choose how I show up in this day and how I go to sleep at night.
A few months ago, I began a twenty-minute Transnational Meditation practice, and it has turned out to be a gift. I would wake up and spend twenty minutes clearing my mind before I started my day. I began to realize it wasn’t working like it used to – my mind would race about meetings during the day and the ongoing to-do’s. Though I knew that thoughts could arise during meditation, it was becoming increasingly full of them. So, I made a shift. I started walking first thing in the morning and using that time to process the things I needed to and then return to do my twenty-minute practice, and voila!
Simple shifts in your daily routines can make a difference, and various solutions exist. I’ve found a great practice to use at the end of my workday is a to-do list. I update it each evening, allowing me to start the next day with a clear understanding of the tasks I must accomplish, rather than floundering through an unplanned schedule. I also use a personal list of things to do. Whether it’s a grocery list or errands, having something to check off and add to helps prevent the middle of the night “oh nos.”
What we focus on manifests more. I honor you wherever you are on this journey in life. I also encourage you to shift your focus to what you can change, find ways to positively impact the world, and keep moving forward.