In one of the Journaling groups we have been focusing on order, looking at and aiming to understand it more.
We are asking ourselves questions such as –
What are the benefits of order as you see it?
Where are you ordered in your life and where do you find it difficult to be ordered?
In the areas where you find it difficult to be ordered, why do you think this is?
Do this exercise for yourself now and see what you learn from it.
For so many of us, a lot of the time, we have an experience of being a bit all over the place, pulled from one thing to another. There is a sense of “not enough time”, stress, lack of time for what we want to do. Fragmentation. This is very draining and can lead to feeling exhausted.
Some of the big benefits of order, as I experience it, are that I make much better use of my time and time expands – I have more of it, more time is available to me. And I find time to fit in what I want to fit in. I am no longer battling with time, as if there is not enough time. Order greatly reduces our experience of stress.
When you want to fit in something new, extra, to your day it can seem impossible – until you make a choice, schedule in the time you will do it and do it. It is amazing how it will slot into your day. In the beginning you might forget or put it off at times but if you stay determined and disciplined and choose never to give up, you will achieve it and benefit. You will learn so much about how you can order your day and fit in things you just didn’t believe you could. How you can manage time rather than feeling a victim of it.
Often fitting in something new means sacrificing something else such as extra time in bed. I can honestly say that the best way to start your day is with a silent hour when you meditate, journal, plan for the day and maybe even manage to read something spiritual and uplifting. This prepares you, centres you, connects you with yourself and your Soul, your guiding force and has you awake and in charge of your day. Compare this with an extra hour in bed, fighting getting up – this is often a time when fear/anxiety thoughts and feelings get started and you are left not feeling in charge of your day.
Small examples of order would be that I charge my phone at the same time every day and in the same place; that I leave my keys in the same place each time I have finished using them; that I put the scissors back in their place after using them.
Then there is the bigger picture – getting up at a particular time and sticking to it, having a plan for the day, having a list of what needs to be attended to and allocating time to these, having a general sense of structure in your life – a time to meditate, to journal, to walk in nature, a plan for meals, for work. Order, routine, structure, planning, goals – are all part of it and all lead to having an experience of rhythm in your life
The key, spiritually, is to be both structured and organised and yet, totally flexible.