Many years ago I attended a gathering focused on self-realization. I was sitting next to a stranger who said to me, “The internet is important, but more important is the “inner” net.”
Like many of you I find myself absorbed in the world. Technology has increased my engagement with the world. Like many of you, I find myself reaching for my cell phone first thing in the morning, checking messages all day long and checking my phone just before I go to bed. I have also been known to binge watch on Netflix, along with surfing the internet for an extended time. After too much exposure online as well as out in the world doing many activities, I often wish I would have given that same amount of time to my inner work.
Most of us might already know what our inner work is. For me inner work means learning to connect within to calm my busy “monkey” mind and experience clear awareness at whatever level I can. It is a process that brings inner peace and inner connection.
I realize what helps me to practice my inner work is to schedule it first thing in the morning before my mind has a chance to engage me in the world. My inner work often includes doing tai chi and qigong. After my inner work I have more clarity, energy and calmness for the rest of the day. Doing inner work can also help me if I am stressed out from the day and need to unwind before going to sleep. It takes practice to do my inner work. I wish you well with your inner work!
I am filled with wonder, gratitude and awe for the journeys we travel and for the teachers we meet along the way.