Good questions to ask yourself before the year ends

In tonights Meditation for the decade, we considered a few questions around our achievements for this year and what our biggest challenges were. We also reflected on where we were 10 years ago, to where we are now.

Knowing that naturally we are evolving and with more mindfulness practice, we are always moving in the direction we are destined for. So those things that we want to improve on or be better at, now, may be a piece of piss by 2030.

I remember in 2010 I wanted ‘balance’ in my life. I was always swinging from one extreme to the other and now balance it is easy as 1, 2, 3!

How can you reflect on 2019, so you can move into 2020 feeling inspired and clear? Ask yourself these questions and take one or two minutes to write the answers:

  1. What company do(did) you keep this year? Do (did) they inspire you?
  2. What did you want to achieve this year?
  3. What was your biggest challenge? What depleted you?
  4. What did these challenges teach you about yourself?
  5. Now, what do you want more of?
  6. Complete this statement “I now take responsibility for …”  (be as accurate as you can, rather than too broad)

What is your intention now? Trust that by 2030 it will be a piece of piss, which can help you relax now and be a magnet for those things that you want. If you keep coming back to your intention in your daily rituals, habits and practice you will always be connected to what is best for you.

We remembered in tonight’s Meditation that it is being in the NOW that is what gets us to where we want to go, not by the thinking of how to get there (so much). So here’s a way you can practice being in the NOW so that you can take responsibility for what you want in your life:

*Practice daily or multiple times daily (have touch points in your day where you take a moment to ask yourself the following)…

  1. Sit or lie down comfortably in silence with no distraction (no phone + no cats).
  2. Observe how you feel physically and identify where you feel a sensation the most.
  3. What does it feel like? A dull ache, a fluter, pins and needles, a tightness, throbbing.
  4. Where do you feel it in the body? There might be multiple areas.
  5. Focus on this for a minute or so.
  6. Next, take your attention to how you feel emotionally.
  7. Could you name the emotion(s)? Anger, anxiety, awkwardness, boredom, calmness, craving, disappointment, envy, excitement, fear, guilt, interest, joy, pride, relief, sadness, satisfaction.
  8. Where do you feel these emotions in the body?
  9. Focus on this for a minute or so.
  10. Next, take your attention to your thoughts.
  11. What kind of thoughts are you having? Are they trying to solve something? Is it constant chatter? Judgemental or critical?
  12. Get curious and observe your thoughts for a minute or so.
  13. Now write this down and be as descriptive as you can.

This practice will develop your ability to understand how you feel in the NOW. It will develop your ability to describe how you feel (physically, emotional and mentally) and give you the tools to communicate authentically in future conversations.

When you can identify the above you know that if the feeling is good, you want more of that. Keep making the decisions and choices that take you to these places (and people). If it doesn’t, then you might possibly be moving in the direction that isn’t serving your intention (or purpose).

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