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21 Days of Fantastic: Day 20, Pockets

Although pockets aren’t a must-have on clothing for me, I use them a lot in life.  You know how people sometimes survive major catastrophes by finding a pocket of air?  I am talking about a rather mundane version of that kind of pocket.

Pockets occur when I can squeeze something in that feeds my soul.

I call them pockets because I first started using these little bits of time where I could fit something small and snug into a small, snug timeslot.  In retrospect, however, I have used life-size pockets lately too.  Here are some examples of pockets:

In a small pocket, I might do a grounding, clearing, heart meditation, or energy healing for someone.  Jumping jacks, stretches, breathing exercises also are examples.  But they also occur when the kids are content and my husband and I can sneak in a moment together.  They are opportunities for something vital and soul-nourishing that can squeeze into a shorter time slot.

I’ve also asked God to use my life as a sort of pocket.  For instance, when my youngest son came along, I was smack in the middle of an advanced homeopathy course that I enjoyed very much.  I only needed two more classes to graduate, but I decided that the family sacrifice was too great at that point for me to persist with the program.  I suspended my participation.

But then I asked God to teach me what I needed to know through life experience.  I learned a lot about remedy selection, dosing, potency, aggravations, and working with Spirit.  I learned as my family and I were treated homeopathically.  I also learned by helping people.  Family, friends … I was helping people frequently with issues ranging from the common cold to much more complicated concerns.  I learned from reading, from listening.

I do believe that I became the homeopath that I am in large part because of this detour in my education.  My structured education was very helpful, too, but much of what makes me a unique homeopath comes from the life-based learning and development of my spiritual gifts.

So, if you aren’t making use of pockets in your life at present, I highly recommend them!



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21 Days of Fantastic: Day 4, Reset

Years ago, I realized that when I said that I didn’t have time to do something, I was creating a false reality.  There is time, it is just a matter of priorities.  Do I watch TV or do ___?  Do I do the dishes or ____?  Do I spend time with the kids of ___?  Do I sleep or ____?  Shower or ____?  Eat or ____?  Cook or ____?  Hang-out on Facebook or ___?

There are time-sucks in our lives, indulgences, vices, and worst of all, distractions from our real work here.

It is the latter in which I am most interested, mainly because I have the rest mostly under control.  But this trick likely would work in some form or another for other ineffectual uses of time.  And I feel that time is really the most precious resource we have, because we need health for more and better time, time for family connection, time to fulfill our life purpose.  In a lot of ways, it all comes down to time.

So think about what it is that you want to do with your life right now that you are not doing.  Do you want to exercise?  Reduce consumption of unhealthy foods and drinks?  Spend more time with family?  Say ‘thank you’ more often?  Volunteer?  Pray?

Write down at least the top 3 things that you most want to do in your life.  I like to put them on a sticky note then take a photo of them.

Then consider what it is that you do that keeps you from doing something more beneficial with your time.

Where and when do you do it?  Why do you do it?

And I am not saying that all time has to be used with what we consider ‘honorable’ pursuits.  I think that well-chosen games, television, movies, reading, sitting with a cup of tea can all be very good uses of time.  So look at the time you use where you feel, at the end, like you are no better afterwards for having done it than you were beforehand.

You can say a prayer about it, asking for help using your time more purposefully.  You can ask for help with removing any fears you have about using your time more purposefully [sometimes we are afraid of failing at the thing we really want to do, for instance, so we occupy our time with other activities and tasks instead].  Or sometimes we do a lot of reading and listening but not a lot of putting into action.  So acknowledge to yourself, then ask for help if it resonates, and when you are ready, take some action.

You can take steps to reduce the likelihood of engaging in the distraction — take the distracting game off of your phone or computer.  Put the book someplace where you can read it but then put it down and put what you read to good use.  Or put in place the items that would help you do what you most want to do — thank-you cards where you normally distract yourself with something else, an exercise regimen at the kitchen island, a journal by your bedside.

Or the Top 3  sticky note can easily be duplicated and put in the places where you are most likely to drain your time.  You can take a photo of the sticky note and put it on your lock screen or computer screensaver.  Use it as a reminder that there are things you want to accomplish in your life, in your time here, in this moment right now.  Remember that anything you want to accomplish has a component that can be done in a short space of time.  Even exercise can be done in short spurts at home [there are programs out there for that!].  The next time you choose, you will be able to choose more consciously.

Ummm … now I’ve gotta go find a sticky note!