Rhythm: “an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs.”
Having a RHYTHM to our life is a wonderful to way to maintain practical, simple, living and keep our life organized. Our RHYTHM is the reoccurring appointments on our calendar and the regular routines we follow every day.
Yet, there are times when our RHYTHM is interrupted by life.
Life is not static. It’s always moving, changing and shifting interrupting our scheduled RHYTHM.
It’s in these moments we learn to pivot from the structure RHYTHM to the pliable state of FLOW.
FLOW: “being abundantly present.”
FLOW is our ability to bend, move and maintain focus and clarity on what’s most important when our life rhythm is disrupted.
It’s ok to let things go and take a break from our RHYTHM when life piles on the unexpected.
The reason our stress level goes up is that we still feel we need to cram in our RHYTHM on top of the unexpected interruptions which instantly kills our ability to enter into a FLOW.
Most days our lives clip along to the RYTHM we have scheduled with little or no interruptions.
This past week I was unable to write or record new podcasts due to life interruptions even though I had scheduled appointments for writing and recording on my calendar. I needed to FLOW with what life had for me instead of trying to make my planned RHYTHM fit.
I could have become stressed out and tried to get everything done. I know If I had attempted to get it all done it would have been because of the false expectations placed on myself not because I had to.
I desire to be consistent for my tribe of listeners, but I also understand that all of you are very understanding when I let all of you know that I am going to miss a week (which rarely happens).
Like the stream of a river, I maintained a relaxed state of FLOW and made the most of my experience looking for ways to be abundantly present focusing my attention on who was in front of me rather than having my thoughts somewhere else trying to figure out how to ensure my RHYTHM schedule was maintained.
- RHYTHM helps us maintain structure in our lives.
- FLOW helps us focus on the important things regardless of our structure.
- RYTHM helps us stay on top of everyday tasks/chores.
- FLOW reminds us to let go of RHYTHM when the unexpected shows up.
- RHYTHM sets the pace of our day like the rising and setting of the sun.
- FLOW gives us permission to ignore our daily pace to focus on the present moment.
- RHYTHM are the daily steps we take towards our goals.
- FLOW reminds us that our goals will be there tomorrow.
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In episode #26, I discuss how becoming a realist leads to keeping our Life Organized.
It has a hold on all of us. We place value and worth on our things when in the end it’s just stuff. That last sentence is easier to type than to live out.
Our emotional attachment to our stuff may cause us to feel important or appear in a certain light to our peers. Our emotional attachment might have sentimental value because of the memories associated with the object.
Either one makes it difficult to declutter and move closer to the physical side of having our Life Organized.
Because getting rid of external things does not necessarily rid us of their internal hold.
We can be materialistic with twenty thousand items or twenty in our home.
We can simplify and still be greedy.
This is why having our Life Organized is less about what you are decluttering (though important) and more about who you are becoming.
What external stuff has an internal hold on my life?
What were the first three objects that came to mind? Take a moment to write them down.
What’s causing me to want to keep these items? Write down your answers.
If I let go of these things, how will this simplify and add value to my life?
Honesty is key to living Life Organized emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Being honest with ourselves about what has a hold on us and is getting in the way of what’s most important.
Life Organization is a daily journey for me. It’s looking internally, every day and asking with complete honesty “What am I holding on to? And What do I need to declutter in every area of my life?.”
What I have experience on my journey of living Life Organized, is every time I simplify externally, something is simplified internally in my head and heart. So this question has had a great impact on my life.
The hold of the external becomes less and less as we walk the path of gaining emotional, physical, and spiritual organization but I don’t believe it ever goes away.
This is the great juxtaposition. The taunt is that the external is always with us.
The more we simplify, the more we can focus on the important things like our relationships, and our emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing, and the quieter the voice of the external becomes.
Question: How did the above questions help you to identify and address external items that have an internal hold? I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below.
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There’s nothing worse than having the power go out and discovering that the batteries in your flashlight are burnt out. Actually, there is, running out of toilet paper and forgetting to pick more up from the store.
Let mind wonder here.
I just ran out of triple A batteries.
Last week I ran out of stamps. (Yes, I still have a very rare need to mail something physically) but I am never in a position where I am without something when I need it most.
I “Catch It As It Happens.”
Here’s what I mean.
When I run out of something I immediately write down what needs to be replaced so the next time I am at the store, the list is ready to go. No special trip needed.
For this, I use the “Reminders” App on my Apple IPhone. Reminders allow me to create lists and each item I place on the list I can add a location.
For example, I have a list titled: Errands. I typed “Triple A Batteries” in my Errands list and placed my grocery stores address in the location settings. The next time I am near the grocery store, my phone will remind me that I need Triple A batteries.
I use Reminders more for bulk items to have on hand, rather than realizing I’m out at the moment I need to place new Triple A batteries in the flashlight.
The habit of “Catching it when it happens” aka writing something down when you run out, has added significant value to my life staying organized.
Another step I like to take is to have two of everything, so I am rotating stock as I work through it. Even if I have doubles of something, I would still write it in reminders that I am out of one package.
I use the Reminders app, but use whatever you are comfortable with that will trigger your brain to write it down and remember to follow up when you are at the store.
“Catching It As It Happens” has helped me keep a running inventory of everything in my home/office and it can do the same for you!
Question: What have you ran out of and realized at the most inopportune time?
My brain gets in the way of my work every day multiple times a day.
I’m not saying that I do mindless work or that I’m not intelligent.
What I am talking about is what Buddist call “Monkey Brain.”
Best-selling author, speaker and human relations expert BJ Gallagher writes:
“Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, carrying on endlessly. We all have monkey minds, Buddha said, with dozens of monkeys all clamoring for attention. Fear is an extraordinarily loud monkey, sounding the alarm incessantly, pointing out all the things we should be wary of and everything that could go wrong.”
Every day in some way, I battle negative thoughts that try to derail my productivity. Not constantly, but in a very subtle way, they try to creep in and derail me.
I can wake up one day full of energy, focused and ready to take on the world, and an hour later I’ll have little whispered about failure and insecurity about what I am writing or about the new product I’m getting ready to release.
It’s the monkeys in my brain trying to pull me away from achieving my goals.
Now, I don’t believe I have little monkeys in my brain. The Buddha was referring to the negative, self-defeating thoughts and emotions that continually try to disrupt and derail us.
Mixed into the negative thinking are also the thought of all the reasons I can succeed, achieve great things, and push forward.
I have learned that just because I have these negative thoughts, it doesn’t mean that I have to own them or listen to them.
Our brain will alway thy to sabotage our best work. The key is learning to be aware of this and ignore them.
Three of the greatest books that have helped me to learn how to ignore the “Monkey brain” were The War of Art, Do the work and Turning Pro by Steve Pressfield.
I recommend them to everyone.
The more important a call to action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel about answering it. But to yield to Resistance deforms our spirit. It stunts us and makes us less than we are and were born to be. – Steve Pressfield
Negative, self-defeating thoughts are a part of life, but they are lies trying to disrupt your creativity and productivity.
So how to we overcome the Monkey Brain lies seeking to disrupt your creativity and productivity?
1. Realize that everyone has them. You are not alone.
2. Acknowledge that they are in fact lies and the enemy.
3. Don’t allow them room to stay in your brain.
4. Remind yourself of who you are and what you are called to do.
5. Keep being creative and productive.
Question: How to you combat “Monkey Brain” when it attacks your creativity and productivity? Leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you!
- Keep them few in number
- Make the S.M.A.R.T
- Write them down
- Review them frequently
- Share them selectively
- How to set S.M.A.R.T goals
- Are your goals S.M.A.R.T. = Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Bound?