I am totally consumed by the concept of living mindfully. I buy everything on the subject: books, ipod meditations, local food from sustainable sources, even a sailboat! I blog. Self-help is my favorite genre. I try to live peacefully. I try to be emotionally present. I try to be an engaged listener. I try to maintain my boundaries. I try to do what I have been taught is good. I try to do what is right.
I know there is value in this way of living. I know that these thoughts are worthy of my attention. I cannot live otherwise, but today...I am exhausted. I remember hearing an appropriate line from a movie: “Too much thinking wears down your batteries.” Lois Lane to Clark Kent, in the original Superman.
At any rate, I would like to share a little of the sentence completion exercises from Taking Responsibility: Self-Reliance and the Accountable Life. This book was phenomenal! I highly recommend it. The author has about 30 sets of these sentence completion prompts; here are a few. Basically, you just finish the sentence with as many endings as come naturally to you. Don't over-think it. Just blurt or write out the answer.
If I pay more attention to my inner signals today—
If I am more truthful in my dealings with people today—
If I am 5% more self-accepting today—
If I am self-accepting even when I make mistakes—
If these ideas start working in my subconscious mind—
If I disown what I am thinking and feeling—
If I place other people’s thoughts above my own—
When I look at what I do to impress people—
If I face who I am to make myself “likeable”—
I am beginning to suspect—