SPIRITUAL HEADLINES OF YOUR MOST IMPORTANT JOY
SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2009: I wake up in the morning and I journal in my mind or on paper. Either way I think about what is important to me on that day. Then recently in the book Be Happy by Robert Holden I found a metaphor that best describes what Iíve been doing. In the book he talks about a great daily spiritual practice to help us focus on what is most important to our happiness. He describes, ďThe Spiritual Front PageĒ. The idea is that each morning you visualize the front page headlines of what is truly most meaningful to you to living the most joyful day ever. This helps us figure out and articulate our Truth. It gives positive intention to our actions.
Instead of focusing on what is unimportant (our headlines would not read Do Laundry, Dishes Put Away) weíd share the real important stuff with not just ourselves but these front page headlines would like a newspaper be easier to distribute to our friends, colleagues and family members so they know our big news. How often do you major in the minor stuff? How much of your time is spent hiding the big headlines (focusing on what really matters) until the very end of the day when tired and out of juice? I know Iíve been there.
So for me this time on the mat in yoga class helps me to make sure that the Spiritual Headlines Iíve chosen reflect the TRUE me. And once Iíve written them for the day I stick to them. Itís too easy with technology these days to keep changing it up or giving up. Instead we maintain the discipline that once its in writing we will do our best on this day to follow through.
Equally, once the day is done, the newspaper gets recycled. Whatís done is done. And tomorrow we have another ď24 brand new hoursĒ to live in JOY! Love your day, Silvia
*Reference to Thich Nhat Hahn