You cannot transcend what you do not know. To go beyond yourself, you must know yourself.
~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
I am excited to be starting a new 31 Day Blog Challenge. Every year when I do May Is For Metta, I feel like this is an opening to write more and daily. Then, June comes and find I just don’t make it back to the page as much as I intend to. Having a motivator, a challenge or a deadline that is accountable to others is something I find I need. I am not sure why this is the case. I’d love to just say I am going to write everyday and do it, just because I want to. It’s curious and something I am exploring in myself.
So, here I am in July, feeling the call to join a 31 Day Blog Challenge. I guess another aspect of this is that writing or the process of writing itself tends to be a very solitary process. So joining in a collective group of writers and bloggers who are journeying together during this time really helps to create a container for that energy and offers a drive to be more proactive. I am looking forward to exploring the variety of bloggers and blogs that have signed on for Lesa Townsend’s 31 Day Blog Challenge. I hope you’ll join me in this exploration here on The Heart Of Awakening Blog and check out some of the other blogs as well.
One of the things I have been working on this year is creating a program that is at this point called, 30 Days To Change. This program has stemmed from some of the workshops, articles and individual sessions I have done over recent years. What I have found is that 30 or 31 Days is a great container to initiate a foundation for change. I have seen research on varying amounts of time but this is a framework that I have found works well with the processes I have developed around holistic self-care, mastering anxiety, transforming your inner critic, and discovering the healer within.
It just occurred to me recently that this process can be applied to any area of focus or type of change – 30 Days is a good way to begin to cultivate healing and transformation in a powerful way and can offer a foundation for how to work in an ongoing way. I like that this time frame can involve both a daily process and also be segmented into 4 weekly segments. I plan to spend some time over the summer developing this as its own model for change to be applied to whatever area one might like to focus on. So, stay tuned for more of that exploration to emerging here.
For today, I’d like to share a step that I find is a key component in creating any type of change:
Know Yourself. We live in such a busy and chaotic world. Our lives are full of distractions and disruptions both inwardly and outwardly. How can we create change in our lives if we don’t know who we are and we aren’t truly conscious of what we are experiencing. How can we know what changes would best support us or how we want to be in the world without that self-knowing?
There are many ways to get to know oneself on a deeper level. Developing a contemplative practice such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, or prayer can be a good starting point. Just spending some time in stillness, whether indoors or out in nature, just being and listening and allowing our inner voice to be heard is a great step, too. Writing or journaling can be a powerful way to deepen in self-reflection and self-awareness.
Take the time and space to explore some tools and practices that can support you in getting to know yourself more fully and deeply; this is probably the greatest thing you can do for yourself. Take some time to consider areas of your life where you feel out of balance. Are there certain changes you are feeling to make? Is there something that is going on in your life that is causing you considerable distress? Are you willing to take some time to just be with that and explore what might be beneficial for you in terms of change?
So, whether you have a specific change in mind or just feel to explore a bit, I hope you will join me this month in my exploration. It won’t be totally linear, but I will be sharing bits and pieces of my developing program. Is there a practice or tool you feel to bring in that can support you in getting to know yourself? Or, perhaps you feel to explore some new practices to see how they might support you.
As always, I would love to hear how others have worked with creating change, particularly if there is a certain time frame you have found beneficial or certain practices that support getting to know yourself.