It’s #MakingMarchMeaningful on the blog, but as I sat down to write a post my mind would not co-operate. I tried several times, with several ideas but each time I sat at the computer the words just would not flow.
My mind would not settle, mainly because we are in the midst of finally selling my MIL’s home and with Open for Inspection days, I’m busy making sure the house is presentable and then hoping that someone wants to buy it.
We need to sell her home to fund her aged care costs but also after living here for 11 years looking after his parents, my husband and I want to get on with our own lives, in our own home.
It is a stressful time.
At first, I thought about just skipping a post – I mean
Would the world end? No!,
Would my reader’s notice? Maybe but they would understand.
So I let go of the idea of writing and walked away.
Why am I telling you this?
Because I wanted to share my experience with you and what I learned.
My learning was that sometimes by letting go, walking away and doing something else we can find clarity, rather than doggedly trying to make something happen when it clearly isn’t the right time.
As I gave up on the idea of writing, I pulled out some books I hadn’t read for some time. One was ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Women’ by Kristine Carlson and the other was my ‘Pause Journal’ by Kikki K. The journal was a gift from my daughter and I had not revisited it for some months.
Both of these books gave me an ‘ah ha’ moment and the idea for this post.
The page I opened in my Pause Journal had this quote from Eckhart Tolle
In today’s rush we all think too much, see too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just being.
I randomly opened ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’ and the chapter was ‘Plan an Inspiration Flow day’.
What is an Inspiration Flow Day?
Kristine suggests that as planners we can over-plan our life. I know I’m guilty of that. I have my lists, my diary, my blogging schedule, my bucket lists, my travel plans. Too much you say? Yes, I agree.
An Inspiration Flow Day is when we give up any notion of planning for one day. We don’t pre-plan any activities but rather let the day unfold and do what just comes to mind in that moment.
For someone like me who is a planner, this could be challenging but as I read more I knew an Inspiration Flow Day was exactly what I needed.
How to enjoy an Inspiration Flow Day
- Take your time when you first wake – don’t rush, Stretch and enjoy the moment and not having to do anything but just be present.
- If your mind is busy as soon as you wake, take a few deep breaths and focus on the breathing to clear your mind
- Today is about living by Inspiration not Plans
- Ask yourself ‘How do I feel like spending my time today?’ Today is all about going with what you feel not what you have planned.
- If you feel like going for a walk, do it now when you feel it and not ‘plan to do it later’. Whatever you feel like doing – do it in that moment.
- Allow yourself one day of indulgence – this is your day to do with as you wish.
- Put aside the telephone
- Put aside your obligations for one day
- Just go with the flow and your feelings – appreciate each moment with no pressure of needing to be doing something or being somewhere.
The Benefits of having Inspiration Flow Days?
- Freedom – you experience total freedom from responsibilities and self-imposed pressure for one day.
- You are master of your own destiny for this one day.
- You will gain perspective and learn more about yourself.
- Your body, mind and soul will enjoy the break and will be renewed and refreshed.
- You will feel inspired and motivated because you have stepped away from the world for a time.
- Being spontaneous can be fun and helps us to think creatively
I’m not sure how successful my Inspiration Flow Day will be but I’m definitely going to mark a day in my calendar for regular Inspiration Flow Days.