Some time ago, I read a story about a man who was a very famous thief. During his career he stole an estimated $10 million in jewellry and other valuables from people whose names appear on social registers and tabloids. Unlike Robin Hood of eras past, he did not steal from the rich to give to the poor, he simply stole from the rich because they had more to steal. He was caught, spent 25 years in jail and when released, got a job in a burger joint. That was his life.
When interviewed by a reporter some years after his release from prison, he said he realized, in hindsight, he didn’t just steal from the rich, he stole from himself. He stole his future, the things he could have done to make a difference in the world, the things he might have done to be different in the world.
And he couldn’t get that time back.
What things are you doing in your life, or filling your time with, that you can’t get back. Where are you squandering your time? Stealing value from yourself?
Where are you like that thief?
For me, when I don’t meditate in the morning, I am stealing my well-being from me. Which means, I’m devaluing my future.
If you don’t meditate, or simply sit in silent contemplation every morning for a few minutes, it’s a good practice to get into to create value in your life. Try this…
Make a commitment that for the next week, starting right now — (always begin where you’re at) — that you will stop, close your eyes (if your hands are on the keyboard simply leave them there, the key is to simply STOP what you’re doing and be still).
Now, deep breath.
Hold – 1. 2. 3. 4.
Slowly. Deep breath.
Hold – 1. 2. 3. 4.
Keep breathing. Slowly.
Relax your shoulders. Your neck. Your body.
Close your eyes.
Focus on your breathing. In……. Out….. In….. Out…..
Focus on the feeling of the air coming in through your nostrils, notice its coolness. Notice how it fills your lungs. Breathe. Slowly. In…. Out….
Count ten breaths in and out. Follow the flow of ten breaths in and out.
Now, open your eyes and continue on.
Do that every day — to begin with, once a day for ten breaths. But, try to add a couple of more exercises throughout the day. Do it three times a day if possible — but commit to doing it once a day for a week.
And then, next week, double the breaths. In….. Out…. 20 times
And if one day you forget, Begin again. Always begin again.
See. I just did it and I feel the benefits of the quiet flowing within me. I feel positive energy moving with grace and ease throughout my being.
Try it. It will make a difference.
Because, when I don’t take a few minutes every day to consciously create peace and harmony, within me and all around me, I am squandering the time I have to create peace and harmony, within me and all around me.
Gotta go. The day is calling me to approach in wild-eyed wonder to the beauty of every moment unfolding with miracles of life all around.