Your 2013 fall is about to begin! Time to pull out your calendar as your dream life is just around the corner...
As a life coach and mother, the end of summer is always my favorite time of the year as the long and often transient summer days begin to tick away and the bells of my virtual calendar reminders sound off, "school is about to begin."
Each year we get the amazing opportunity to begin again and hit the reset button on our lives. If you practice yoga or are close to someone who does, you may have heard the sanskrit chant "Om Namah Shivaya," either in a kirtan yoga song or recited in a book. "Om" means "the beginning of all creation and sound" while "Namah" means "to bow down or to honor." When I recite this chant I interpret the meaning of these words slightly different than most. To me it means, "I bow down to the beginning." In the chant, "Shivaya" refers to the Indian Lord Shiva, but there is also a river of the same name in India where people go to cleanse themselves. Therefore, I have decided to embrace the word "Shivaya," as "the river that cleanses."
Once while spending a week straight chanting and singing this in Sanskrit, a new meaning hit me: Om (the beginning) Namah (I bow down to) Shivaya (the cleansing quality that starting over gives me). So when I put the chant all together, Om-Namah-Shivah says to me, "I bow down to starting my life over again and with each fresh beginning I get to choose to hit the reset button." I have the opportunity to cleanse myself from my past and start again with more humility for all that I have learned and the interconnectedness of everything in my life.
Once you have ventured onto the path of planning your new schedule be sure to not skip these important steps:
1) Set an intention. Take the time to meditate and ask yourself, "Where am I coming from with all my life choices and thinking? Who am I and what do I want?"
2) Make a list of your desires. Write out what activities or lifestyle choices you value most. If you have any burning desires you want to accomplish in your life I suggest you write them down. Make a list and be fearless as you write out all of your interests and things you would like to manifest.
3) Prioritize your interests in your calendar. For example, if you are working during weekdays, plan out one or two sacred evenings for one of the things you would love to explore, or use one weekend day per month. The most important thing is that you don't overlook these dreams or interests and instead hold them with love and validation.
I believe that perhaps we have certain interests because the universe is asking us to share our unique gifts with the world. We are not here to play small and hold them inside. We are meant to thrive and share our beauty from the inside out, not the other way around.
Once you schedule your new priorities into your calendar you are setting yourself up to be synched with exactly what your deepest intentions and priorities truly are. Some of my examples are to take even more care of my health, creating pauses in my day to be more present and to connect more deeply with my family.
Your life is so precious. Be accountable to yourself this year and plan sometime to manifest your dream life and set free your greatest talents!
Blessings and Namaste,