We are all self-governing.
Let us call upon our ancestors and teachers - past and present,
to guide us in the way of the Heart.
You are all my relations. All is One.
Welcome to the times of change and transition. It is all meant to be.
Often when we hear the word ‘discipline’ it conjures a negative tone of punishment and rigidity. However the discipline I refer to here can be likened to regular rituals that direct and keep you in a state of harmony.
What do you already do with reliable consistency? Rise at a certain time? Get to work/university/appointment on time? Prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for you and your family? Exercise? Have a cuppa?
Ok, so what is this about?
The time is right to integrate a new ritual into your life. Do not be fooled, this will require strength, planning, focus and commitment.
Even the most functional person can have areas of life where they slip into dysfunction and a docile mode of operation. For some it may be with eating, drinking alcohol, socialising, scattered mental activity, or perhaps you are always moving and doing, or watching television. Basically, in this disconnected state, you have dropped the ball and abandoned the driver’s seat of your life - you are unconscious, asleep.
This month is about becoming more conscious and empowered in our passive area.
First you must identify your ritual – this will be an individual thing. Is it meditation or spiritual practice, painting, writing, transitioning to a new diet, gardening, socialising, singing, special time with your children or partner, exercise, rest, or something else? It needs to be something that will enhance your wellbeing.
Next you must plan for exactly when and how you will do this new ritual. When done correctly, planning plays a crucial role in success because it provides the practical and creative structure to support your goal.
Planning may involve scheduling time in your diary, communicating and consulting with stakeholders (partner, children, housemate etc), doing research and planning (e.g. of meal plans for new diet), setting up a dedicated space (e.g. for meditation, painting, writing), sticking reminders on your fridge or bathroom mirror (‘I love gardening!’). This step is about making it easier for you to remember and integrate your ritual.
Finally, discipline. Essentially this is about focus and commitment. It is time to follow through. Bust through the self-imposed resistances and ‘just do it’ – and do it often. Don’t have time? Studies show that 10 minutes of meditation daily has a positive affect on stress levels. Aim for consistency, rather than large chunks of time.
Connect with the warrior within and radiate even more of your lovely light.
Helene has a Bachelor of Trauma & Healing and is a Reiki Master Teacher. She lives in the NSW Northern Rivers area and offers Reiki & wellbeing sessions & classes from Nurture Health & Wellness, 115 Keen St, Lismore. Helene also designs and facilitates workshops, and is currently delivering her workshop for professionals and carers in the area of Secondary Trauma & Self-care. For enquiries & bookings email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0405 656 797.