I am beginning a new book called Body of Work by Pamela Slim. This year my goal is to read a book a week, and last week it was Linchpin by Seth Godin about how to be indispensable (Review coming soon). Through Body of Work, I’m seeing that the times in between where it feels like work is difficult to define and I’ve lost touch with clients and momentum in a purpose, looking to what is working and where energy is going is key in staying positive.
One thing that has been consistent over the past 16 years has been service or community work, working with under-served populations. It is not necessarily about the what is being done or how much effort is being put in, but what the intent is and whether you are listening to feedback and open to changing. I appreciate greatly working with people who are rising above adverse situations because the work is palpable. They look to you as the expert, and I reflect back to them that the work is inside of them, to call themselves home into this moment where all is truly safe and well.I also see that spending half of my life doing this has been an intention to share my knowledge, yet also it is time to do so in a wider circuit, hence a recent opening of the floodgates to the creation of content.
Steve Jobs says that it is the experience you are bringing to customers, your community, the planet that matters. If you are out of touch with your center, what do you need to get back in tune with the sacred experiences of your life? The answer comes through practicing nourishing and listening to your inner world. A successful person has many talents they are leveraging, not just what they are being compensated for but how much they consistently attune to their inner lives and preserve their energy for the creative process of personal growth. Behind the scenes there are structures which keep all of us in place. From our homes, to self-care routines, relationships, a spiritual connection and those things we must do to stay in balance.
A big picture of your life reveals things that support the little day to day must-dos so what you can do well becomes an expression of who you are. This process can be cultivated in a day yet the seeds have been planted over periods where you know you must dig a little deeper to access who you want to become. For instance, I teach yoga a few days a week to teenagers in a domestic violence shelter and women in a recovery program out of prison who are former prostitutes and recovering addicts. The structure they have been given in which to blossom is a healthy community, where they are learning new resources and ways of relating to maintain inner stability and well-being. I love working with these women, but there are some days I question service work when relative to my business, it does not seem balanced. While at the same time, sharing of ourselves as a resource is invaluable to grow as a human being, we also need compensation for our work! I realize where my energy has been going and am digging into creating more stability in my own house so sharing comes from a place of honest balance. I deeply value community work, even in the times in between when uncertainty is present.
The work of digging deeper to discover what your needs are that are growing through you is always taking place, within every relationship, every thought and good deed. Every act of giving comes back your way not only with gratitude, yet with an underlying opportunity to accept an invitation to be generous. As well, a chance to pause and acknowledge that in being of service to the community of your family or work, you are contributing to the web that makes the world a better place.
While we are not all setting out to launch a company such as Apple, Steve Jobs’ path to innovation begins with doing what you love. This may be as simple as loving to spend time with certain people. Then do more of that. Loving to be outside, then certainly, spend time each day in nature. Busy schedules, children and all the reasons to stay tending to the world around are not enough when the body is crying out for balance. And subconsciously, we are always moving into a state of balance, regardless of how hard we try to avoid tending to our own needs, it will continue to be the primal urge inside of each of us, to feed ourselves well, drink plenty of water, rest and be calm in our spirits. Life can get truly complicated when energy is given away without compensation either through taking care of self or recognizing a relationship that is pulling at your heart strings.
Imagine where you are in the present moment is the best place you know to be. It is carved out just for you, at this moment in time and space. From there, take every next step towards what brings greater ease and joy, with a sense of listening to what you may need to come home. Besides seeking balance, the home inside of ourselves is a place to discover what truly matters. There is meaning behind all that you see and do. Take a deep breath and bow in gratitude for what is awesome about you.