- Frantically inventorying what needs to get done?
- Hustling your body do get out the door and on with your day?
- Anxious and worried about the events of life?
- Focused on abundance or scarcity?
- Or are they calm, relaxed and in the moment?
- What we feed ourselves (body, mind, or spirit) in the morning are seeds that sprout during the day.
- What are you sowing and cultivating each day?
- What are the fruits of those daily seeds and are they stressful or fulfilling?
There are many days were I answer yes to one of more of these questions, or the answer to questions like "What am I sowing and cultivating each day?" are not what I would desire as optimal. It's part of being human and living in the modern world. It's also part of my awakening, even when I don't want to acknowledge these less than perfect answers to such self-reflective questions. My mind and ego do not want to admit that I am less than perfect.
However, when I am aware of these thoughts, emotions, and reactions and accept them as part of my human experience, they have less power and lead to transformation. I can also acknowledge that they exist in others and accept their imperfections as well. “Everything is your path to awakening" is an insight from Pema Chodron that seems to stick with me when I am troubled by my answers or reactions to the questions above.
The questions also serve as a nudge to consider and hopefully act in a more productive and positive way throughout my day. I can ask myself "What do I choose today?"
Keith Engelhardt A.S., B.A.,MYT
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