Hour of Power
For many years people have asked me, “How do you do all that you do?”
My response is that “I DON’T do it all!”
I drop things, forget things, mess things up. I lose my cool, react and cuss. Each time, I have the opportunity to practice navigating those moments with a sense of humble awkwardness. I am a student of my human-ness…it’s just that I want, plan, and intend to do it all.
So, years ago, I realized if I was going to live a life full of these amazing opportunities it would be wise to take care of my most valuable resource: ME (check out this week’s bold note if you haven’t yet!). I knew I needed to take time each day to connect to myself and my divine life.
From that awareness came what I call my Hour of Power. To be honest, I think it’s something everyone could benefit from. It sets me up each and every day to do all that I can.
Let me explain how it works:
First, let me share my “when”. Given the fullness of my life and all the demands of each day, it has become instrumental that I create time to connect with my essential nature by focusing on greeting the day. We are closest to the subconscious in our morning moments, so this is when I create my sacred time and space.
My Hour of Power starts as soon as I wake up. I immediately create an intentional transition from sleeping to waking and start with a gentle greeting and acknowledgement of myself. I literally say to myself, “Good morning girl, ready to greet the day?” (The answer always has to be yes!)
Then I begin to “cook on all four sides”. Borrowing from the NIA Technique (Non-Impact Aerobics, for those of you who don’t know), I stretch out on my bed and activate each side of my body (front, back, and both sides). This gentle movement stretches me, moves my breath and blood; it activates and enlivens my body for becoming upright and walking through the world.
I take a few minutes to write down my dreams, if I remember them…
Next, I come to my feet, stand, and “choose in” to the day. Choosing in means consciously saying “yes!” to the day. I find my way to fresh air and sunlight (if possible), even for just a few moments.
I squeeze half of an organic lemon into a quart of water and flush my system as I breathe fresh air and prepare a cup of coffee or tea. I then make my way to my favorite chair and take at least ten deep, intentional breaths, allowing the breathing to focus my mind and open my heart. To let myself simply “be”. More to share about this in my coming blogs.
My Hour of Power is quite simply intentional time, space and place. Daily.
It is time designated to sit with myself, to connect, commune and create. It is a time that honors tending to myself as one of my greatest resources. It is a time of intentional learning, loving and living.
I invite you to join me in this practice. It can be for just a few minutes or it can be as long as you wish. You can design your own practice, one that best suits you.
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AND…in the coming weeks I will be sharing with you the three primary areas I connect with each day in my Hour of Power that support me “being” and feeling ever more ALIVE.
With deep gratitude and overflowing love,