Each time I’ve done this, it works. The key – like anything important in life – is to do it consistently. The effects compound over time, almost like there is a tipping point. You may not feel the gradual increase in your happiness but there will be a day when you’ll realize the vast difference in your inner state and you’ll be amazed.
The concept I use, I call: “bookend the day.” It’s this:
1) Do not check email / internet / social media / tv / news (especially news) for the first hour after waking.
2) Do not check email / internet / social media / tv / news (yes, especially news) for the last hour of the day.
That’s it. Simple. Each time I’ve done it, I’ve found my life to gently become better. I’m more in touch with my emotions, more in touch with who I am and what I want. I use this time to write and read or reflect or workout or connect with a loved one. What you do in this time, it’s up to you. You could create rituals (maybe I’ll write about that in another email) that solidify the day, but really, the core concept is to stop getting caught up in the rat race of the mind that consuming media creates.
I’m sharing this with you because I’d forgotten it for a while. So I’m committing to myself to do this. Try it for a week. Let me know how it works for you.
Oh, if you do the Love Yourself practice during that morning and night time, even for 5 to 10 minutes, it will transform your life. It really is that simple.
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