Spirituality as Routine
Reflection for 3-24-20
In this time of immense change and no structured routine, I've found myself making a goal to create some assemblage of a routine for myself. If you know me even a little bit, you know that I am not a routine person in the slightest. Agendas, calendars, and meetings really stress me out. The external pressure to keep a paper planner or GoogleCal has never been very pressing for me, mostly because my body clock has always valued its own rhythms. When I lived in an intentional community of seven people, I always dreaded the weekly Sunday agenda meetings. The thought of showing up to something regularly places this weight on me that I always have difficulty explaining to people.
This time of virtually no schedule at all is, in theory, pretty ideal for me. But I find that without ANY structure, my body is craving something to hold on to. As a writer, creative, and overall go-with-the-flow type of person, I know that I need to form these boundaries with a sense of flexibility and gentleness. After thinking on what I can do to help myself through these ever changing times of malleable time and isolation, I decided to buy a Passion Planner, and really commit myself to it.
It's only been a few days since I actively started using it, but it has helped my productivity immensely and, because of this, my spirituality. Instead of making a plan ahead of time, I spend each evening writing in what I did, which helps me judge myself in an affirming, gentle way. The journal also leaves room for me to write in my personal goals, work goals, errands, weekly goals, and good things that happened throughout the week. Sitting down each night with this specific type of all-inclusive journaling has helped me incorporate spirituality into productivity. It allows me to set goals in every aspect of my life, instead of something that is simply work focused. As someone who dislikes routine and structure, this is really saying something.
One way you can take care of your spiritual side is to implement small, non-judgemental routines like journaling. Instead of taking hours and hours to bullet journal or make lists, I simply suggest beginning by writing all of the things you did within the day and setting a simple goal for tomorrow. Goals like "be gentle," "stay in the moment," "let yourself feel" or "follow the plan" tend to work better than something like "finish that report," "pay my bills," or "clean the kitchen." The more space you offer yourself, the more your body will thank you.
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