So when I woke up on Friday, I knew it was the 1st. And, my addled brain told me, it was April 1st. Somehow my mind had skipped the entire month of March, perhaps because it knew better…
Not too long ago, I began getting really interested in Buddhist teaching and philosophies and the concepts of using mindful thinking and meditation as a way of reducing stress and improving myself, the quality of my life, and the quality of the lives of those around me. As part of this exploration, I downloaded a few apps on my phone to help me think of things differently and look at things differently.
One is “Be the Change,” which challenges you to do something to change or affect the world every day.
The other is “Transform,” which is a book by Cheri Huber (the full title of the book is “Transform Your Life: A Year of Awareness Practice).
So on March 1st, not April 1st as my brain wanted me to believe, I discovered that they had apparently been monitoring my emails and personal life because they were trying to fool me.
The “Transform” assignment was to “Today, take a look at some of the familiar, comfortable hells that plague you.”
The “Be the Change” assignment was to “Think about a healthy physical or emotional risk you’ve avoided. If it’s something you really want…go for it.
As anyone who knows me probably already knows, my own familiar, comfortable hell is overwork and overstress. I write daily to-do lists that something, when I sit down and figure out how long it would take to actually do everything on them, top out at 25 to 30 hours of work per day. Definitely a hell, right? And I’ve been doing it for years. I fall into it so comfortably.
Well, and what have I been avoiding? Cutting back and doing things that are healthy for me. I have been reading “The Buddha Walks into a Bar…: A Guide to Life for a New Generation” by Lodro Rinzler, and I really want to follow the four necessities that should be achieved every day: sleeping, eating, meditating, and exercising.
Apparently, the universe has come into alignment for me, though, and even though it’s only March, I need to go for it! I need to actually get enough sleep at night, I need to eat right, and I need to exercise and meditate every day!
Will it fix my “familiar and comfortable hell”? I think so…