This time I explain more about the What, Why, and How of a Rule of Life.
WHAT is a Rule of Life?
It is a trellis to train me so that I can organize my life.
The First Three Letters. HOLD are Task-Oriented and Practical.
Holy Ground, Orientation, (H) Organization (O) and Implementation, Let’s go, do it. (L)
The last Three Letters: D O N are about:
Your connection with the Other (Darlings)
Your connection with your Body (Oh, my body. Activity & Food)
Your connection to both your soul and the world around you. (Nurture Sensitivity)
A Rule of Life has a Head and a Tail. The Art of Starting and Stopping. (T)
A Rule of Life is a rack along which a plant grows towards the Sunlight. It provides support and guidance in your life.
Why would you use a Rule of Life? To Create Rhythm
A Rule of Life helps you to bring order to the hectic pace of life.
There was a time when I felt enormous pressure: school, self-study, community work. Contacts with loved ones. Your household, food on the table. And oh yes: I also have a body that could use some attention.
You may also feel pressure to give attention to all different areas.
The HOLD ON Rule of Life includes all areas of life that you want to give daily and weekly attention to. You start from a Calm beginning at Holy Ground. You repeat that over and over and write it out on a day and week planner. Therefore you live consciously and with attention.
Do you want an example of this? See Week 4 Wooden shoes from the Holy man and: My Rule of Life: HOLD ON. Let’s get Organized!
How does a Rule of Life work? It is Holistic and Circulair.
The Rule of Life HOLD ON. is circular. You can start over every day. This is the Benedict way.
And Holistic: It pays attention to all areas of life.
Hang a List insight and put the letters HOLD ON. with the first word on it.
You ask, Oh, remind me, what is the meaning of the letters: HOLD ON?
HOLD ON, (Just loose like the leaves and yet, deeply rooted at the core.)
H= Holy Ground. A good start. The Fundament. Who Holds You
O= Organize your time. What’s your focus? What & When
L= Let’s do it. No Procrastination.
D.= Dear Ones Around You. Spent time with them.
O.= Oh! My Body. Food & Sport.
N.= Nurture Your Soul. What Makes You Deeply Happy? See art, make music, walk. Do Your Thing and Let Your Soul Sing.
Period. Dot. The End. Closure. The Art to Stop.
(and * HOLD ON* Start again and again with this Holistic, Circulair, Playful Rule of Life.) Till then!
Go check them out in the morning.
Sunday: H= Holy Ground. A good start. The Fundament. Who Holds You? Always start from rest.
Monday: O= Organize your time. What’s your focus? What & When. Sit down and make a plan.
Tuesday: L= Let’s do it. No Procrastination. Probably your most productive day of the week.
Wednesday: D.= Dear Ones Around You. Spent time with them./ Wednesday, there are more important things than work: Others around you.
Thursday: O.= Oh! My Body. Food & Sport. Do not underestimate the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Friday: N.= Nurture Your Soul. What Makes You Deeply Happy? See art, make music, walk. Do Your Thing and Let Your Soul Sing. Soulfood
Saturday: Period. Dot. The End. Closure. The Art to Stop. /Saturday, wrap up the week.
Of course, depending on your circumstances, the days can differ. That is no problem. It is good that you give each day a Time and a Theme. And work with Focus. And, when you look back at the end of the week, that you have covered, all domains.
(and * HOLD ON* Start again in good time, with this Holistic, Circulair, Playful Rule of Life.)
Would you like an example, you can find that here.
It is rather scary for me to unfold an idea that has been growing over years. I’d love to hear what you think! The photos are not perfect. But I am still learning. That is the thing with this whole Rule of Life idea. We’re all learning along the way.
This is Day 8-14 of the 100 words a day project. I started around halfway through November with the 100-words for 100-day challenge with posting on Social Media. I give you a little peek at My Personal Rule of Life. However, After day 15 I realized that it took way too much time what gives friction with the meaning of a Rule of Life: to live attentively and offline for longer periods of time. So, I changed from Social Media to weekly posts of more or less 700 words. This blog is part of a series: My Rule of Life.