TEACH YOURSELF

‘It’s odd,’ says the warrior of light to himself. ‘I have met so many people who, at the first opportunity, try to show their very worst qualities. They hide their inner strength behind aggression; they hide their fear of loneliness behind an air of independence. They do not believe in their own abilities, but are constantly trumpeting their virtues.’

The warrior reads these messages in many of the men and women he meets. He is never taken in by appearances and makes a point of remaining silent when people try to impress him. And he uses the occasion to correct his own faults, for other people make an excellent mirror.

A warrior takes every opportunity to teach himself.

– Paulo Coelho

FREE TIME DOES NOT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE FILLED

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Ever consider booking some time alone for yourself?

Most of us live such demanding lives that it may require putting it on your calendar. And don’t make plans for that time. Instead, try a walk without your phone or, god forbid, an afternoon! Or try taking a walk without a destination and taking random photos with your phone.

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Or try curling up with a book. Or just see what you gravitate to and that will tell you what your highest value is that you are not making enough time for. Open yourself up to free time and see how you naturally will feed yourself with what you need for your inner life to help you grow in areas that perhaps people, places and devices are distracting you from.

This practice will bring tremendous fluidity and creativity to your life. You will also encounter new parts of yourself that will excite you and will make your life more interesting.