Creating more structure

 

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More order and structure in your life will improve the quality of your life and you will have time to fit in quiet reflective time for you.

Deciding what time you will go to bed and what time you will get up is an important part of bringing more structure into your life. It’s all too easy to sit on in front of the TV flicking from one channel to another or continuing to watch some programme even though it’s not of real interest to you.

You get so much more relaxation and space from turning off the TV or deciding to have a TV-free evening. Listening to uplifting music has such a calming effect and while you do that you could read or journal, be more present in the moment. You could think about goals you want to set for yourself and how you will go about achieving them. This can be a good time to plan for the next day so that you are in charge and making time for what you want to get done and fitted in.

Planning for meals can be, not only a time saver, but also mean you prepare the kind of nutritious meals you want. When you have no plan or a vague one, you are more likely to fall back on the foods that are less nutritious just to fill the gap.

Making a clear choice about screen time is another matter to include as you aim to bring more order and structure into your day and week. Computers can eat time up and certainly don’t leave you rested and prepared for sleep. It’s good to decide on the time you will close down your screen for the evening and be very definite about this. It’s also good to decide how much time you will give to social media, surfing the net or emails.

Time can be eaten up with TV and other screens – with busy-ness generally, leaving no time for quiet and inner, reflective space.

One of the best decisions I ever made in creating more order in my life was to get up earlier and have a silent hour to start my day – including in that time, meditation, journaling and Spiritual reading.

 

Living Your Day

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What I do with my life, with my time here, really matters. Life is a precious opportunity and the only thing we take with us when we leave is our Spiritual growth.

Some people experience having too much to do in a day – the day isn’t long enough. Others would say that they have nothing to get up for. We can change these experiences and live a full, ordered and meaningful life.

Just as the Universe is based on order and rhythm – which we rely on – so we need to have order in the way we live our life. Structure, Order, Rhythm, Discipline – these are essential to life. Without these we just drift along, often experiencing overwhelm and wasting a lot of time.

When we work to develop these qualities we use time efficiently, we become much more organised and so we have more time available to us.

Discipline is a word many don’t like and many would say they are not the discipline type. But discipline is something you build, you develop, and it’s essential to progressing and growing. We need it and we all have the ability to develop it.

Discipline is ordered activity – it’s you choosing to set up order and routines in your life so that you have a sense of the overall structure of your day. People can see routine as boring but routine means you fit in so much more and experience a lot more efficiency. You don’t waste time over and over as a result of forgetting, or losing stuff or your energy being scattered. Living your day – structure, order, rhythm

 

 

Every day we need time to be still and to connect with our Soul, with Spirit in meditation. Every day we need time to journal so that we understand more and can use our minds to manage our emotions [rather than be run by them] and to resolve issues. Every day we need time to focus on lofty, uplifting, inspiring thoughts and ideas. These need to be the foundation of our day, our sustenance giving us the focus we need to live our day and keep growing in love.

These need to be part of our daily structure and will make all the difference. It can seem at first like an impossibility to fit all of this in but if you realise its importance and are prepared to schedule these in [giving yourself time to work out a routine and yet also being firm], you will do it.

“He is able who thinks he is able.” Buddha