“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
~ Søren Kierkegaard
We’re sitting in a terrific month for reflection, reinvention and connection.
So how do we do that?
Here are my top five ways to find that headspace where we can explore the past and imagine the future…
1 – Going for a solitary walk
A long walk gives us time to move into a space of quiet receptivity. Thoughts can bubble to the surface. Insights can find us. We get quiet enough to be open. Ideas come. You can walk in nature, through city streets or around your suburb. What matters is that you’re moving, and that you’re on your own so that you don’t need to engage in conversation. (Walking the dog is fine though!)
2 – Time out for a coffee and some world watching
Find a coffee shop where you can sit on your own, with a view of the world. You might be facing a busy street, you might be at the back of the shop looking out over all the patrons, you might be perched at a window seat, or at an outdoor cafe under a tree. You could even sit in a busy shopping mall. Grab your favourite coffee (or tea) and then just sit and watch the world go by. Don’t read. Don’t talk. Just sit with the world and with your thoughts. Eventually you’ll find a meditative space that lets you think deeply. Let your mind ramble. It will go where it needs to. Pay attention to where it wanders. Explore that more. If you want, take that further with some journalling.
3 – Soak in a bath
Just you, some bubbles, and lots of lovely soak time. Let your mind wander, or just sit and soak and rest. Trust that you’ll be integrating and getting what you need from this time alone.
4 – Journalling, at the quiet end of the day
This could be first thing in the morning or last thing at night when the house is quiet and you have time and space just for you. Pick up your pen, and write. Dump your brain onto the page and then keep going. Let the words flow. You might be surprised where they take you.
5 – Journalling time with some oracle or tarot cards for further reflection
Oracle and tarot cards are a great way to reflect on life. Choose a card. Think about what it signifies for you. Explore this in your journal.
My Year of ME Planner is also a great tool for tuning in! And it’s not too late to join our year-long course and community or to get some more intensive coaching with me for the year ahead. More details here and in my Shop.
Make time for yourself this week. You’re worth it!
lots of love, Nicole <3 xx
6 thoughts on “My Top Five Ways To Get Some Reflection Time”
Lovey, inspiring post! <3
Lately, even my journal time is recorded in seconds. When it is peaceful and quiet, I am so tired I often think to myself ‘shower or sleep or read’ and end up in the sleep cycle!
I love this quote. Thanks for sharing. <3
Yes yes yes I do so agree with all these ideas
I love watching the world, sometimes it’s good to just go out on your one and explore.