In any pursuit, clarity of intention will always guide one's actions most effectively when it comes to meeting specific goals or priorities. Why is it then that life can be so hard to make orderly? Maybe it's just too big a thing for most people to effectively make sense and meaningful progression of. One thing is for certain, if we want and hope to live consistently according to our own truths, we will need to be deliberately introspective and constantly persevere in facing ourselves to keep that harmony.
This post is a helpful introspection suggestion based on an article originally found from Lifehacker.com.
The essential premise of the exercise is not necessarily so novel but it is definitely potent. Following this progression, I myself was able to identify my own 5 Tenets of Life and really got to take notice of where exactly I'm going wrong in how I use my time compared to what I really want and value.
The exercise goes as follows:
In addition to this progression provided by lifehacker.com, at the end of the exercise, it was incredibly helpful for me to examine all of my answers and just boil it all down into the most condensed possible listing of underlying values, the real essence of how I feel to be living.
The beautiful thing about this exercise is that starting with such short time spans of "remaining life" and expanding from there, it really gives a thought provoking perspective on what exactly we value in life and how time influences what we might feel to do in that time.
Another interesting aspect is all of the things we might write down that we do not want to indulge in with our remaining time. This really is a worthwhile exercise and hopefully anyone who does it will keep their results and be able to use them to live more potent and fulfilling lives.
Lots of love, D
Some people think they need to find "home" to live in the light, depending on their disposition, you might call them seekers. I want to tell seekers that they really have two options, there is "home" or there's what we choose to do with our lives, and the best choice before finding "home" is sublimation of negative emotion into positive creation of some kind. Whether that's helping someone else to feel better, committing to living more ethically, or creating art - there are so many ways to take what holds us down and use it as fuel to act in accordance with our higher selves. The paradoxical danger of sublimation is that it solves our problem of suffering and thus stops us finding the ultimate solution of becoming at "home". Probably, sublimation should be used but also there's something more we should not stop searching for despite better managing our emotions and behaviors. Positive emotions can be fleeting, unless we find the joy of our Spirit. Negative emotions can be crippling if we don't have a meaningful daily task list and schedule that keeps us going. The thing that makes this all so comical is that all this trauma and heartache exists only in the mind, which in itself is an illusion. The ego is formed from the thought of separateness thinking that "I" am the doer, instead of holding steady that there are universal forces, some may call them God, who are in fact in control of all things. We think that our reactions to external events are justified and natural but they in fact bind us to Maya and ignorance and to our smaller selves, our egos, our minds. Spirit is infinite, it is a reflection of the All Pervading, that is who we are, if we can only realize it. That's not just a mental recognition, it's a becoming that happens through Self-Realization, but even just knowing this mentally can be liberating to a degree.(I would urge you not to be satisfied with illusory mental understanding though) People however are often lost in their feelings and only the feeling of liberation from connecting wholely with one's Spirit is satisfying enough to stop all further desires. The only eternal desire is to become one with God. The only true knowledge is the eternal knowledge, all else fades away as the temporal body leaves us and we pass back into the realm of pure consciousness (results varying depending on our individual fates and levels of perception at the time of passing). The Buddhists say that life is dukkha (suffering), and that the transcendence of dukkha comes from eliminating all desire and attachments. The detachment to everything temporal happens effortlessly when we become attached to experiencing our Spirit. Spirituality is the most practical thing, it solves all our human wants and tribulations. God will overflow your cup with love and joy, if you only sit and open your hands to receive it. Truth is a paradox, you have to close your eyes to open them.
It's your choice, you can receive your Self-Realization and start your journey of Spirit today.
One of the things I've gotten tremendous amounts of mileage out of it is tracking my time, habits, and life each day.
To put it simply - I now realize it's impossible to understand how your life is going without some careful observation. There's a lot of time each day, and knowing where that time goes, what you ate, what you did and didn't do... it's almost impossible to get a good picture of your life without some kind of measuring.
I'm going to you my newest tracking template, and then I'll give some analysis. Before I start though, I'd like to share a quote -
“A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system.” -John Gall
Thus, if you want to track your time, please do not attempt to track 20 things at once, because it's unlikely to work. I started very simply, as I described in "The Evolution of My Time/Habit/Life Tracking" - I'd recommend you read that post if you want to do something like this.