Confession time. I am what you might call a recovering workaholic (sometimes not so recovering). My mindfulness practice has enabled me to see the roots of my workaholism. It comes from a deep-seated belief that unless I am achieving, producing, contributing that I may not be worthy. One time I even left a lunch event early on the weekend because I felt like I hadn’t been productive enough that day. It’s like I’m continually paying my debt to society to earn my worth. Yikes! That sounds awful when I write it down. There is nothing wrong with working hard, having a desire for contribution, but when it comes from a place of fear of not being worthy, it is compulsive and hurts us.
What about you? Are there times you feel less than full in your own worth? A wise meditation teacher recommended that I notice my own inner goodness to feel and know my worth so I’m not addicted to achievement. As I’ve done this, it hasn’t translated to a bigger ego. Instead it’s translated to less striving, greater peace, and actually less of a need to look good (otherwise known as the ego). If this resonates for you, try the practice below.
This week’s mindful practice is to notice the good inside. To practice this notice personal qualities of character within you or values that you express. It may be generosity in helping others out. It may be speaking the truth even when it’s hard. It may be your optimism. It may be how much and deeply you care for loved ones. There is a lot of good inside each of us if we just stop to notice. Then notice what it feels like to notice the good within. What shifts for you when you notice the good inside?
Wishing you a mindful week!
P.S. One-Minute Mindfulness are short reads that give you a practice a week so you can experience being mindful in the activities you’re already doing. If you’d like to learn and create mindfulness habits with team-mates and friends, please share this link to sign up.
P.P.S. I would love for you to share your experience or questions from this practice in the comments below.