Sometimes we can take the best things in our life for granted. We get so caught up in every day trivia that we fail to pay any attention to the things that really are important to us.
Every now and then it does us good to pause and have a look. We must do this in the right way to get the benefit. If you stare directly into the sun it can damage your eyes. If you are too confrontational with yourself when you try to look at your life it may also have a damaging effect. We need to be gentle with ourselves, give ourselves time to realise simple truths, to adjust.
Before you begin this exercise spend a a couple of minutes thinking about how you have spent the last day, the last week and the last month. What you have been doing? Where you have been living? Who has been filling your time?
Next take a few deep breaths and close your eyes. Once your breathing is settled ask yourself this question. ‘What is the most important thing in my life?’ Don’t try to think of an answer, just wait and observe the thoughts that come into your mind competing for top place.
When the thoughts slow down and then settle open your eyes again and spend a couple of minutes thinking about those things that were competing to be no.1 in your life. Then compare this to the reality of the last day, last week and last month. Were you getting what you really wanted out of life or were your key players hiding in the shadows?
Just spending this time paying attention to our wants and needs can make a massive difference to how we spend our next day, week, month, year or even longer. The key is to go through this process often, keep the light on the right areas so that you see them clearly and let the things that don’t matter fade into the shadows.