Last week I was supposed to be on an adventure that was a mixture of business, service, and wellness in another country. It got rescheduled at the last minute. In the past I would have opened my calendar to clients and filled those days with work. Instead, I decided to give myself the gift of space. In that space I was able to catch up on rest, have some fun, and give some much-needed attention to projects that I had been putting off for far too long. This week I am basking in the afterglow of more energy, joy, and clarity. Here are a few lessons that I learned that can serve as strategies to support you in scheduling spaciousness. Identity Reunion. The spaciousness of my staycation gave me the opportunity to return to one of my favorite activities, cardio kickboxing. In reading “The Life You Were Born to Live” by Dan Millman, I learned my life path number and was reminded of the practices that keep me on the path of my purpose. It confirmed why I have always been so drawn to kickboxing. In the section on health it said, “While exercise is good for nearly anyone, 28/10s (my life path number) especially thrive on aerobic exercise; active dance and martial arts are ideal.” The class I take combines aerobic exercise with high energy music, so if you know me, you know I am going to be dancing while I’m punching and kicking the heavy bag. After one class I felt reunited with an important part of myself that had been lost for almost two years. I was immediately infused with a burst of energy and joy that I hadn’t felt in quite some time. What parts of your identity have been disrupted? How might you schedule intentional space to return to those important pieces of who you are? Rush Reduction. There are few more anxiety inducing feelings than rushing or being rushed. The freedom to take your time, and flow with your feelings is priceless. I had many days with no agenda or plan. I allowed myself to decide what I felt like doing when I woke up. One day, while running random errands, I ventured from place to place by doing an internet search for the next best place near me. I searched things like, “best coffee shop to study near me…” and discovered several new gems along the way. By the end of the week, I noticed that things that would normally upset or irritate me didn’t have the same effect. Reducing the rush reduced my tendency to react irritably to unexpected events that impacted my schedule or plans. How might you reduce the rush, and thus improve your interactions with loved ones and colleagues? Spark Spontaneity. My schedule is often so packed that there is absolutely no room for spontaneity. This newfound nothingness gave me the space to slip into an opening at my favorite local bed and breakfast for an overnight adventure complete with dinner delivery, an in-suite massage appointment, and a delicious hot breakfast in bed in the morning. What’s something fun you’ve been wanting to do, but you simply haven’t had the time? Where can you make space for spontaneity in your schedule? This week I challenge you to schedule some spaciousness. This is the perfect time of year when things are slowing down. Give yourself the gift of nothingness to reduce stress and return to peace. Manifestation Affirmations I am honoring the identities that are important to me. I am making space for spontaneity. I am taking my time and flowing with my feelings.
Master Your Mindset to Manifest a Life You Love. Most Sincerely, Monica Marie Jones Your Soul Journey Guide