Habits, when they are conscious, are a good thing no doubt and yet the slick and slippery ego can latch on to even the best of practices for its own good. A regular break from the routine of our lives is good preventative medicine, thus the importance of retreat. Withdrawing temporarily from life, finding a safe haven for reflection, moving away from our unconscious habits is a wise approach to moving forward. This can be especially true when we are ‘on purpose’ or up to something in our lives that is meaningful to us.
I have recently pulled back from social media, and all the busy activity of my passionate work around dying, death, grief, and loss to examine my ‘habits’ and my purpose. It was a timely and important period of reflection and it was a mere two weeks long. During this time I stayed active in my life and responsibly handled my clients. I did however pull back from all the busy activity associated with social media and instead used that time to ask myself a few questions.
What does my deepest heart want me to do?
What changes do I need to make to align more fully with my purpose?
What do I need to let go of in order to make more room for my renovated mission?
What to I need to continue with?
Each day these were the guiding questions I asked myself. I pondered them as I was putting out the garbage, washing the dishes, preparing a meal, or working in the garden. I wondered about them as I was driving to my next appointment. I introduced my heart to my imagination and ‘let’ them create a path for me to walk along.
I share my process with you in the hopes that you too might take a break that refreshes and explore what you are up to in your life; both your unconscious habits and your heart felt calling or purpose.
Dying, death, loss, and grief are my purpose. Working with dying and death in a way that inspires quality of life for both the one dying and those whom survive is what I intend to continue to do.
Work in a more focused way with men. Create Dying to Live training program for men.
Write a monthly article for men on death, grief, and loss.
Let go of Death Matters Live radio show.
Create Dying to Live radio show.
Recommit to post daily on social media.
Recommit to write a weekly article for We Can Die Better.
Focus on long-term care homes both residents and staff.