“What you give comes back to you ten-fold” – Brenda Bence
In the past one month, I saw an instant display of Karma. After organising the 5 week mindfulness course last month and seeing the impact of it in my life, this month I organised two meditation workshops on Focus and Better Sleep. In the week I taught focus, I was able to focus for four hours straight on the work I was doing without feeling saturated. The next week when I was teaching meditation for sleep, I started sleeping 10 hours a night against the usual 6 hours every night. The impact felt quite profound and interesting.
Review of September
Even though I was not meditating on them daily given the complicated process to program them, I saw some results. One of my crystals broke in the first month itself showing their work. Looking forward to many more such experiences.
This month, I read ‘If truth be told’ by Om Swami. It piqued my interest in Mantra Yoga and I picked up ‘Ancient Science of Mantras’ by Om Swami. I also read ‘The New Earth’ by Ekhart Tolle which I consider a life changing book. I have become more aware of my ego after that and I have been observing it so that it will not rule my life like before. Apart from this I read a couple of books on Astrology, Vastu, Graphology and dedicated a major amount of time for the workshop on understanding parenting.
I should say this was a disaster. The month started with my husband bringing a kitkat the first thing in the morning and putting it on my table and asking me to eat it as a sign of accepting his apology. While I appreciate his efforts to apologize with a token of gift, I had to have a talk with him on how he should change his gifts so that I don’t break my diet to not break his heart.
For this month, I am tracking what rule I am breaking across the headings of deep fried, processed sugar, jaggery, wheat(gluten), maida, dairy, GMO food. This gives me a more realistic picture on what I should eat less of and what are the reasons why my diet fails at times.
I published 6 against the 7 articles which I wanted to publish last month. It is not like I have not written, but they could not go beyond the draft stage. To be honest, one of the days, I have written such a deep article that moved me and brought up so much stored anxiety to the surface that I could not go on with writing after that. I needed a break from writing such stuff. Overall, I want to stick with writing at least 5 articles a month which is practically feasible.
Plans for October
There are so many things I want to do but I hardly find time. A lot of my time goes into daily office work, household work, meditation and yoga that I can’t make any more time to start something new. The book I planned to release for Dasara is nowhere close to completion. The Instagram page which I wanted to grow is on hold. On a few days, I hardly have any energy left to put some work into growing my side hustle.
I decided to make a few major changes to my life.
- With all the workshops I have been doing, I spend very little time with my husband. So I will cut down on my yoga time and play a sport with my husband.
- I will reduce spending time on meeting strangers to build my network. I will go for quality over quantity
- I will not meditate multiple times a day just for the heck of it. I will instead deepen my meditation with whatever one or two times I can afford to do
- I will stop starting my day with a phone. No phone until I finish my morning routine. This will give me more quality time in the morning.
- For the next month, I prefer not to do weekday sessions until I receive any urgent requirements.
- Prepare a weekly food schedule so that I don’t spend time on pondering what to cook
With the freed up space, I want to see what I can do differently and how it can improve my productivity.
The major habits I want to pick up for next month are
In my childhood, my grandmother taught me mantras to recite before doing everyday tasks like switching on light, taking bath and a few more. But I hardly remember any of them today. I came across mantras in the book by Om Swami again which reminded me of those days. I want to make a habit of getting back to chanting at least two mantras this month. This has nothing to do with religion and more about finding a way to tap into the potential handed over through ages.
2.Staying in touch with scriptures
A few months ago, even though I progressed till the second chapter of Bhagavad Gita, I could not keep up with it after that. I don’t want to be ambitious. I will read just one sloka each day as prescribed by Om Swami. Just after my gratitude diary, so that it becomes a habit.
Navratri is a good time to balance the yin yang energy in the body. I am looking forward to deepening my meditation and bringing energy balance.
How was your September? What are your plans for October?