We do most of these wonderful actions effortlessly, often mindlessly, automatically, just to do them. Don’t we?
How often do we hear: “words have power”. Or “watch what you say”. In energy work and healing, we teach clients that all thoughts create action and determine the moments that will appear their lives. Sometimes, it can be quite overwhelming to have to be ‘mindful’ all the time. Just trying and thinking about being mindful can create anxiety. How can we do more, yet think less?
When I am trying to reduce stress levels, focus, create, grow and support my business, work with my clients, provide for my family, reach out to my friends, quite frankly, I get very tired of thinking. It’s exhausting!
I realized that one of my most powerful and magical tools is writing. No, I’m not getting back onto that screen play project just yet (but one day Toronto Film Fest spotlight will be mine!). Back to reality. I write my to do lists, everyday. Everyday, I sit down, place the large, lined paper planner in front of me and think of the ‘to do’ items that I wish to accomplish. I leaf through past days, past tasks, past notes, and am reminded of where I was, where I wish to go, and where I wish to be right now.
Sometimes, I even skip a day (I’m such a rebel) The writing-less days are FREE. Open days. Not days I lounge on the couch with Doritos and a can of coke (though that sounds nice right now!). I’m talking (writing) about days that are open to all possibilities and the path for events of the day is clear. This gives me room to think and act, explore and be truly creative.
Well, when I write down items for the day and week, I find they get done!
And, I don’t even have to think about them throughout the day. The written words have tremendous magic for me. They pull me back. They hold me on course, to accomplish what is written. Thus, I have to be very careful about what I write, how I write, how much I define each task.
You see, this can be a positive or negative power: write too many needs and tasks to complete and you may find yourself running from one activity to another; write too little and your day ends up being filled with – (well with just about anything).
The written word is truly magical. It allows the hand to create your thoughts, places them on paper (or computer screen, though this isn’t nearly as satisfying, I find) and then links your thoughts to physical reality: your thoughts begin to exist as writing. You can read them, you ignore them, you can repeat them, you can edit them, or even burn them (poof! and they are gone)
Try this exercise for yourself:
Take 1 week and each day that week, write down what you wish to accomplish that day. The next morning, have a look at yesterday’s list. What happened? What worked and what didn’t? You may find that as the week progresses, your written word gets stronger and more magical.