It's not about pregnancy...
It's about stopping the laborious thoughts of doom and gloom
It's about the ease that faith brings to our psyche/life
It's about unplugging by plugging in
It's about entering the No Toil Zone
We celebrate Labor Day in September. Labor is the exertion of one's powers of body or mind in productive work, striving toward a goal. It may also be an act that is servile or toil for someone. Servile in keeping up with the Jones' or some sociological /familial imprint of how success looks. Do you think a hard life of mental/physical toil adds up to a prosperous life? If you do, then it does. But it doesn't have to be like that.
What do you do for the first hour of your day? email, social media, voicemail, texts? That's not labor, whether you think it is part of your job or not. I get it about emergencies or deadlines, but a large majority of the time, those activities are an act of toiling, being a servant to work. Your checking in with other people's problems or their agendas, needs, or priorities – not yours. Though they may coincide, we want to stop reacting and start acting.
During that first hour, write out your agenda/needs/priorities for the day - four or five must do things to accomplish or the one thing that will make everything else in the day easier. Similarly with the last hour of your day, get off of the social media, emails, working, etc. whirling dervish. Not even getting into the blue light effects of our electronics, it makes for restless sleep. The brain stays active – synapses still fire - which makes it harder to disengage from the day and slide into much-required rest of mind as well as body.
Take a digital break one hour before sleep
That's part of the no toil zone. You see, where our focus goes so too does our feelings/thoughts/body chemistry. It shows up in our sleep or lack thereof. It's like when you are focused on the car you want, ones just like it start showing up everywhere.
Where our focus and faith goes, so too goes our thoughts and feelings.
Where our thoughts and feelings go, so too go our beliefs.
Where our beliefs go, so too go that which we create or destroy in life.
It's time for next-level thinking, next level courage, and next-level action – a new perspective. Even in imperfect action, there's perfection in the imperfect action.
Man is the builder, and to him are given all the materials out of which to construct the temple in which he dwells. He builds in wisdom or in ignorance, according to his ... receptivity to the sphere of intelligence within him. ~Charles Fillmore, “Talks on Truth”
How you choose to use this intelligence, reveal it, tap into it, be receptive to it equals a life full of toil and drudgery, where you sit it in a dark cave, like the witches in Macbeth, honoring the false gods of anxiety, fear, lack, and difficulty; brewing hate-filled, lack-filled energy, screaming:
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
But instead of...
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,—
...we throw in:
toe of struggle, nose of pain,
eye of bad news,
heart of hopelessness, and wings of worry -
...starting, as Corrie Ten Boom calls it, “a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.” This is something William Inge tells us bears “interest paid on trouble before it comes due.
It is a "woe is me" life:
Woe is me – there's too much work
Woe is me – I don't have time
Woe is me – 'fill in the blank'
We all have been in a state of shock with COVID...then frustrated and angry...then sad or even depressed. I know it...I've felt it. The next level is the acceptance mode, accepting this is the way it is and may be for a while or possibly a long while. Yet remembering/reminding/insisting on the Truth that Divinity is constantly revealed and available to you and you are always at choice, especially on how you react to these fears, frustrations, etc. You may need to pivot and shift.
It is not my ability, but my response to God's ability that counts. ~Corrie Ten Boom, part of a Christian Netherlands family who saved 800 Jewish lives during the Nazi occupation
Living a "wow is me" life is being passionately invested in the greatness and power available to you right now, no matter the circumstance. Seeing yourself as God sees you.
enter the no toil zone
Here's a great tool to keep you in the no toil zone:
1) Wake up: “Good morning, today's going to be great, no matter what. I know, I know...just a few more minutes. Don't snooze away your life; get up and read your affirmative incantation and prepare yourself to have a rockin' day!”
2) 11 am: “What are you focusing on right now?”
3) 3 pm: “Look around at all your blessings.”
4) Last hour before sleep: “Reflect on the good that happened today, no matter how small, read your affirmative incantation and have a beautiful, restful sleep. Pleasant dreams!”
These no toil zone tools are simple, easy, and...POWERFUL.
We may have to do some labor every day, but we never have to toil or be servile to our job, employer, customers, clients, etc. If it looks you are, even a little bit - STOP IT. Your mind will thank you, your body will thank you, your family will thank you, and because you will be more efficient in time, attitude, and body, your job people will thank you.
Today I affirm that I live a life of ease and blessing, no matter the conditions in front of me. I remember at all times that all the power, expertise, and strength, anything that I am required to know, do or be, is already flowing within; waiting to be tapped, revealed, opened and surrendered to, inspired and empowered from, and gratefully used to fulfill my life's purpose.
I see my declarations as already done in Mind and I am lovingly lead down the perfect path with the best action steps necessary to accomplish all my goals.
From this moment, on, I step into my “wow is me” life; totally immersed in Spirit and harmoniously balancing the Being of my life with the doing in my life.