“Come out of the circle of time, and into the circle of love.” ~ Rumi

As this month draws to a close, I’m sitting cozy in my office, three large dogs sacked out on the floor around me, while sheets of ice fall from the sky. This is by no means a typical winter day in east Tennessee. I’m finishing up the final touches on my “plan” for the year — all the while knowing that God is laughing.

Nonetheless, I definitely overcrowded my schedule last year and I just don’t want to do that again. Such overcrowding doesn’t leave much room for the delightful spontaneity of the play of Shakti. Yet, I’m a girl who needs a plan. Otherwise, I tend to work, actually I overwork – well beyond my capacity. I’ve finally realized that my calendar is the secret to honoring my capacity.

For instance, I LOVE my work with private clients and I LOVE mentoring coaches and therapists and I LOVE training others in the empowering methods of Spiritual Technology. If I’m not careful, before I know it, I’ve overcrowded my schedule and things start falling through the cracks and I’ve lost track of LOVE in the unfolding moment. So, I’m mapping out a sketch for my focus this year with the intention that I “Come out of the circle of time, and into the circle of love.”

For me, this mapping out time has involved long walks with my meandering imagination — trying to listen deeply to how can I best serve both that which longs to express itself through me and those dear ones who honor me with their trust.

I’ve got some great things on the horizon … doing and being, being and doing, but more to the point, being WHILE doing. Though my website hasn’t quite caught up to my reflections, I’m feeling on track. THAT, my friends, is a real blessing for me.

This year, one of my goals is to share the power of Deep PEAT 4 with more folks. Once you know how to use this parsimoniously elegant process, you’ll be able to join the “Integration Club.” This is a monthly program where participants will receive an integration plan for the month. We all hear about how important it is to integrate our experiences as we lean into a more expansive experience of unified consciousness – YOGA. In daily life how this looks is as we integrate more and more opposites, the sweet space of peaceful ease that we experience in meditation begins to infuse itself more and more into life OFF the cushion and OFF the mat.

“Come out of the circle of time, and into the circle of love.” What an invitation! That’s what I’ve been doing this month. I found that I had to come out of time, to bring LOVE back into how I spend my TIME.

Some of the questions I asked myself were:
■What do I want to be celebrating this time next year?
■What do I want to experience this year?
■Who do I want to spend time with?
■What do I want to learn?
■What do I want to make sure I give myself time for?
■What doing goes along with all this wanting?
■Where will this doing live in my calendar?

What questions do you ask yourself to get clear about bringing LOVE back into BEING?

Author's Bio: 

Melanie McGhee, L.C.S.W. is an award-winning author, relationship expert, psychotherapist and spiritual coach. She is also the founder of Abhimukti Yoga Coaches - providing coaches training to yoga teachers.