Determine The Elements, Get Crafting
Maybe it happens around this time of life, around this age. Or maybe it’s just where my journey has led me, but as I approach another birthday I realize, that among other lofty things, this year has been about paying attention to what I need to be my best…..and actually listening. The actually listening part might have made the greatest difference.
For a healthy, happy, full, authentic me I’ve learned that need the following things:
Consistent yoga/meditation practice
To be surrounded by people who know and love me
To feel part of a community
Structure and routine
The freedom to break from that routine
A flexible schedule
To know that I can travel
Enough money to eat and play well
So then the puzzle then becomes, how do I make it all fit? How do I craft a lifestyle where all these elements can be at play? What priorities do I need to set? What are the important decisions I need to make right now?
When you start thinking in these terms a lot of the excess worry falls off. The stuff that doesn’t steer you towards your best self begins to suck up less of your attention and there’s more to give to the stuff that does. It all just becomes simpler. Identifying these elements and then crafting a life around making them happen is at the core of the work I do with my clients. Sometimes they know exactly what the elements are; sometimes they’re starting from scratch, putting in the work to figure out (or remember) what is authentic for them. But either way, we’re always moving towards healthy, happy and full.