#17 Make Time to “meditate on me”
Me. Such a tiny word for someone so important n’est ce pas? When I set out to earmark “me” time I didn’t really know what that would look like. And true to form, it looks different every single time.
Last November, for my birthday, I received this great book from my mother-in-law, Jean. This got me started on my “meditate on me” goal. I gradually began adding memories and details about my life – beginning with my infancy and childhood. It has been so much fun to reflect on my life and think about its future. It’s also eye-opening to learn gaps in my knowledge about myself and my family. For example, I realized that I don’t know as much about my grandparents (both those who are living and deceased) as I would like to.
After ringing in the New Year, I challenged myself to better understand what I was really after with my goal. The focus became more on simply dedicated time than a prescriptive activity. What I did during the time I set aside seemed less important than the commitment of the time in the first place. So I set a standing appointment. Every Friday, I committed to getting home by 5pm so that I could spend time on myself. It could be silent or noisy. It could be inside or outside. It could be inner work or just play. I am proud to say that with the exception of times I travel, I have stuck to this standing appointment with myself.
Earlier this year, I signed up for Nurturing Your Creativity/Be Bulletproof Part 2 and have slowly completed different creative tasks to flex my art + poetry muscles. In the Spring, I invested a ton of time into ME via my own personal yoga challenge. My stress level was non-existent. But then I started to travel for work. That threw everything out of whack.
I had to become more creative. I booked a massage, went flower shopping, and took a bit more time to do things I enjoy. You know the things that aren’t necessarily PRODUCTIVE. They just are. When I started meditating – consistently – during early mornings, I realized how much of a difference it made in my personal outlook – even if, for the day. I also realized that 10 minutes can seem like an eternity. It definitely makes you appreciate every second.
One of my favourite ME-time activities has become working my way through The Spark Kit and Workbook O’Fire. It is helping me ask the tough questions about the value I place on my time, skills, and experience. At the same time, I am figuring out the key components of my brand. Most importantly, it is offering me clarity to become more fluent in “asking” for what I want.
#17 is done!
(And best of all, I’m looking forward to continuing this little ritual into my next year.)