Setting Your Plate

Harold Eating Scrambled Eggs

When you wake up, what are the first actions you take? If you’re like most people who read this blog, you probably reach for your phone or iPad and check your email, texts, tweets, and other notifications. You might do this before most anything else. It’s probably habit by now.

But consider it: what you’re doing is letting other people’s thoughts and opinions into your head before you’ve had a moment to consider your own. You’re letting the world set your plate for you, and pick your breakfast thoughts. You’re setting yourself up to have to react to whatever you encounter.

Abundance and Your Plate

I’m learning about abundance and spiritual wealth by reading The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Pocketbook Guide to Fulfilling Your Dreams (One Hour of Wisdom) (amazon affiliate link). It’s by Deepak Chopra, and is one of those “law of attraction” kinds of books. But when I look through my bookmarks, the advice I follow makes for a great “breakfast” for my mind. Here’s just a quick sketch of notes that I read upon waking.

“Success in life can be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals.”

“In spiritual terms, success is measured by how efficiently, how effortlessly, we co-create with the universe.”

“Whenever you meet someone, silently send that person a blessing. This kind of silent giving is very powerful. Give wherever you go, and as you give, you will receive.”

How has this affected me? It has most definitely put my head in a completely different place before starting in on my day’s efforts. It has let me relax my worries about people who don’t like me for one reason or another. It removes a lot of my frustration with how other people do what they do. It lets me think more about my own goals and plans instead of letting the world’s ideas flood into me and over me.

We pre-program ourselves with a whole lot of negative thoughts, and the requirements of others. Maybe it’s time to rethink that.

Set Your Own Plate

In the morning, when you wake, leave the outside world out until you’re ready. Close your eyes. (Did you know your optical functions take up 1/3 of your brain’s energy?) Take a moment and ask yourself how you want to face the day. Ask yourself what you want to focus your energies on, what matters the most to you, how you’ll communicate with the people you interact with, and more.

And if something sets you off, try to get back to your own side quickly. If you’re thrown off balance, do something about it. Start again. Reset. Just set your own plate. Remember what matters to you. And do it over and over again.

If you start your days off like this, I can promise they will work a lot better than when you let the world in to interfere with your thoughts ahead of time. You’ll enjoy this a bunch more.

How will you set your plate?

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