Open Windows. Living with Integrity, intelligence and compassion
“The way we live opens windows …..”
“Float, don’t swim” – Rahul Patel
Today I woke up without the slightest idea of what I “should” do. Yes, I had a list on my calendar, but, since January 1, I have given up having a set program. I make a list, but I have given up the idea that I have to do everything on that list.
“But if you don’t have to do everything on your calendar, what do you do?” you ask. Excellent question. I didn’t know. I was drifting about, wondering where to start.
Then came an inner answer: “Follow the regular routine you do every morning. Don’t deviate!” My regular morning routine includes meditation and writing, so, Hooray! Even if I do nothing else all day, those two practices are done. i have hung my day’s activities on a reliable hook.
But after that, what? Shouldn’t I be launching myself into the day’s list, or perhaps planning some new project? Again, my inner guidance whispered, “Keep moving. Don’t stop!”
So I stood up and started moving from room to room, taking care of whatever I saw needed to be attended to in each room, ending with the computer and writing this essay. At the end of the day there was no column of neat check marks marking what I had accomplished. Instead, I had only two rules to follow: 1) Don’t deviate from your morning routine, and 2) keep moving.
There was no sense of pressure or obligation, yet everything that needed to be done was done. Instead of swimming frantically through the day, I was floating. Is this what is called “flow”?
I invite you to visit the Facebook page of my mentor, Rahul Patel, author, healer, Teacher.
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Recommended reading: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind – Shunriyu Suzuki
I invite you to visit the Facebook page of my mentor, Rahul Patel