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Finding Your Rhythm Profiling Practice 126: Exercise: Passion and Obligation

Weekly Practice 22

Every week we profile one of the “Reflect to Create! “ practices from my book, they are chosen at random from a jar on my desk.  My invitation is for you to try it out if it speaks to you in some way.

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This week we are profiling Practice 126: An Exercise for Knowing our Passions and our Obligations – and for choosing our own balance between the two. (from page 207 of my book). 

Practice 126 is one of the dance steps in The Flow’s Finding Freedom. Finding Freedom is the dance step, which invites us to tune into our intuition and allowing our inner wisdom to guide us home.

With the end of summer, life’s demands can sometimes send us off our own track. I am all too aware that over the last few weeks I have seen some of my Passions suffer from the pressure of my Obligations  – so this Practice, as they so often are, is also a note to myself! This practice helps us to remember our own why and who we are.

For this practice:

Ground and centre yourself

  • Draw a line down the centre of a page in your Journal. 
  • Title the left hand column ‘Passions’. Title the right hand column ‘Obligations’
  • Now write, draw or list of your passions or loves and then your obligations and duties. Use ratios or percentages to allocate the amount of time or energy you feel that you typically allocate to each over a week or a say a month
  • Now ask yourself ‘how might I shift the balance to do more of what I love?’
  • Journal your action plan

Here is Steve Job’s permission for your Edit¹:

“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something”

Have a go! 

Start with small steps.

Reflect on what you are noticing.

Please do share your stories so we can all learn together.

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References

¹    Downloaded 22nd November 2017 from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jinna-yang/12-inspiring-quotes-about_1_b_6042312.html

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