We all need reminders. Whether it's to pay the electric bill on time or send your mom flowers on her birthday, to pick up the dry cleaning for an interview or call your sister about dinner this weekend, to submit that 10-page paper by 5 PM tonight or to mail back disc two of Sherlock so that disc three will get sent.
A looming deadline at work, a crowd jostling me about, or a day filled with appointments… these everyday realities can detract from my intention, especially when I'm tired or stressed. I end up falling into old patterns and I'm no longer in a state of self-awareness.
So I use all sorts of reminders to help keep me on track. Like the alarm on my phone... I always use it whenever I'm going to meet up with friends, hoping that I'll be on time for once. And for the 28 Days Practice in Presence, I made a bracelet to wear as a constant reminder to be mindful about my intention. It’s nothing fancy... just a simple braid of red embroidery thread that I knotted around my wrist. It’s probably silly looking, but it helps me to stay with my intention.
But what about you? Do you have something that helps you stay with your intention? Maybe it’s wearing a watch from your brother as a reminder to spend more time with him. Maybe it’s placing a photo of co-workers at your desk because you committed to creating monthly team events. Or maybe it's carrying a journal to pen thoughts and ideas for the story you want to write.
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