The answer: start by getting clear on where you are right now.
This is an important first step because our power to create and to make changes is most potent in the present moment. We cannot change the past and we will shape our future with the choices we make right here, right now.
If we spend a lot of our time and energy looking to the future and wishing things were different, or ruminating over the past, we disperse and diffuse the powerful energy we have available to us. But when we focus on the here and now, and are honest and clear with how things are in the present, we are empowered to make decisions and take action to create our future.
With this in mind, our very first word of the week is:
Let’s spend the next week bringing more clarity into our hearts, our minds, our bodies and our energy fields.
Check-in with yourself. Begin by writing down a list of the key aspects of your life:
- body/physical health
- spiritual connection
Now take a few moments to focus on each aspect and ask yourself:
- On a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being ‘very unhappy’ and 5 being ‘very happy’) how do you feel about each aspect of your life right now?
- What makes you happy or content about this aspect?
- What makes you frustrated or upset about it?
- How would you like it to be instead?
- What small changes might you make right now?
This 10 minute audio exercise will help you get out of your head and into your heart. It’s a tool for finding the answers you seek – by going within.
First introduced by the iconic Julia Cameron in her book, The Artist’s Way, this practice which she calls Morning Pages is to write three pages everyday in the morning before you start your day. And before you say “I’m not a writer, I can’t do this” know that it’s not about writing a book or creating brilliant prose. It’s about the process of writing to clear the clutter from your mind.
And it works.
I’ve found that while it may not necessarily deliver an ‘a-ha! moment’ every time, it does get the jumbled thoughts that are bouncing around in my head…out. And when there’s less clutter and more calm in my mind, there’s more space and room to breathe and think and know and do.
I invite you to give it a try. Take out a notebook and start writing. It’s also okay if you prefer to call it Afternoon Pages or Evening Pages. Sometimes writing in the morning just doesn’t work. So maybe call them Daily Pages? The time of day is not as important as consistency.
And if the blank page feels intimidating, give these writing prompts a try:
I can’t believe _____________
It’s so frustrating that _____________
I wish I knew what to do about _____________
If only I could figure out how to _____________ then I could _____________
I’m so grateful for/when _____________
I forgot I like to _____________
What if I ____________
Wouldn’t it be amazing if _____________
I hope you’ll give some or all of the above a try. Then share your experience on social media using #wordoftheweek.
And if you found the audio helpful, you can find others here.
Wishing you more clarity + peace in the week ahead,