Do you feel like you are productive in your life? What does that mean to you?
A Commitment to Be Productive
Being willing to be productive implies both a commitment to expressing yourself and a deeper layer of surrender. You step away from your preconceived ideas of the end result and of how to achieve it. This allows for unplanned and unexpected elements to come to you, accelerating the vision.
The source of your creative inspiration—the breath—is received as you inhale. It is put into action as you exhale. So much of life takes place staccato-like: stop/go, stop/go. When you are attached to a particular outcome or a process to do something, your body tightens. You hold your breath. Your ideas of what it looks like to be productive get in the way of being consciously productive. Your vision becomes limited and narrow. An agenda develops as the restrictions you impose become single purposed rather than open and expansive.
A Dynamic Flow
There is grace in being productive, with a dynamic flow between “inner” dialogue and “outer” action. There is a rhythm that is established. It gives life to your actions, as your actions give form to your intentions. Your expression becomes effortless, each step of creation provided for in the dialogue with your inner guidance. Can you imagine the freedom of living in this way? It is not a drama-filled, unfettered version of freedom. Rather it is expression fueled by an inner connection that has focus and is contained by that guidance.
Take a breath. Release it. Take another. Devote some dedicated time of concentration/meditation. It doesn’t need to be hours of quiet, perhaps only 15 minutes. Then allow the question to simmer within yo u.Let responses bubble up into your awareness. Notice new ways of thinking, of images or ideas that arise spontaneously. Pay attention to your dreams. Let it happen. Be aware. See where it leads you next. Let yourself savor this process of receiving from yourself. Don’t judge whatever comes up, just receive it. Make notes.
You are invited to share something from this process. Giving voice to your experience is an important way to anchor an insight in your body. It leads you to deeper insight. It stimulates action. It can point the way to a new direction for someone else.
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