I find that I live a fairly busy life. As much as I talk about presence and awareness, often I find I’m living unconsciously, even habitually. It’s not until I start to observe these habits that I begin to notice a pattern.
I’ve had food sensitivities my entire adult life. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes while pregnant with my oldest daughter that I began tracking what I ate. Sure, I’d done plenty of diets – sadly, even when I didn’t need to lose weight at all – but I’d never really written down what foods I ingested and how they made me feel. That’s when I began to recognize patterns. It was no longer unconscious eating but awareness that brought these things to my attention. Once I knew what was giving me headaches or low feelings, that’s when I began to eat food for fuel, beyond joyfully eating whatever tasted good.
The same can be said for two other “evils” – time and money.
Have you noticed this? The things we obsess over that always seem to be lacking or frustrating to us are time, money and food. Choosing to look at food differently inspired me to look at time and money differently as well. This is what I learned:
Time and money are units of choice, where you choose to direct your energy.
Paying attention to this usually unconscious direction of energy allowed so many things to make sense in my life. I can’t complain that I don’t have enough time if my time is spent holding on to things from the past or worrying about the future. These patterns lead to a denial of time, actually. They lead to sleeping in because of the lack of sleep from overthinking. They lead to more unconscious decisions that drain time from the day rather than bringing awareness to the time you have right NOW.
The same can be said for money. When spending habits are tracked and monitored, when budgets are set and adhered to, patterns begin to emerge. It’s not always that there’s so little money so much as the money is being unconsciously spent.
What you focus on expands. Where you place your units of choice is what you will experience more of.
Want to be healthy? Eat healthily. Spend your time and money choosing healthy ways of living.
Want to have more money? Acknowledge where your money and time are being spent now. Are you working towards having more funds by growing your business, cutting your debt and spending less on things you don’t really need?
Want more time? Are you spending your time consciously? Do you take the time to slow down and bring awareness to what’s right in front of you? Track where you’re spending the most time. If it’s not pursuing, little by little, day by day, the goals that you have set – you have set goals, haven’t you? – then don’t be so surprised if those goals seem further and further away.
Preventative action is always less expensive than reaction. Preventative action is nothing more than monitoring where you are directing your energy and making sure it’s exactly where you want it to be.
Energy flows where attention goes. Make sure you’re aware of the direction you’re pointing.