Finding time to listen to yourself is so important, and sounds so easy … and yet, so often, it seems to be the last thing that we get to … or the first thing we let go of. Can you relate?
Picture your day unfolding. You have priorities and a plan … and everything is going along right on schedule. Then something unexpected happens and you need to re-prioritize.
What’s the most likely thing to get jettisoned? I’m guessing that it will be that half hour you had planned for meditation or journaling or for a quiet walk. Too often, the time slots we reserve for self care or reflection or for simply checking in with ourselves don’t carry as much weight as other priorities.
We tend to not see these things as our responsibility or as key ingredients in our life’s work …. but they are. In fact, I would argue that these activities – these opportunities to LISTEN to ourselves – are precisely what allow us to carry on our life’s work in the most meaningful, HeartBased and SpiritDriven way possible! Listening keeps you connected with YOU and with the deep and personal wisdom that you carry inside.
Here’s another scenario. Again, imagine that your day is buzzing along and you are accomplishing things left and right. Gradually, though, something starts feeling “off” to you. You are cranky, depleted, and can’t wait for the day to just be over.
What do you do? I’m guessing that many or most of us just plough through with whatever is on our To Do lists. But what if you stopped right then and took some time to LISTEN to yourself?
When you greet these unexpected and unplanned moments with compassion and curiosity, they can provide openings into deeper self knowledge. That’s because whatever is pulling at you ALWAYS has something interesting and important to say. It’s all in how you approach this inner voice. If you are annoyed and impatient, then, like anyone would, your inner voice is likely to clam up. But when you are interested and allow it space, you’ll be amazed at what you learn!
© Copyright 2010 Paula Eder, Ph.D.