My eleven week experiment ends today. Since August 15th, after leaving my job, I’ve been practicing a different way of living. Each day I woke up, I only did what I wanted to do, nothing more and nothing less. I made very little plans. I followed whatever urges seemed to be coming from my “soul” or internal frame of reference.
The consequences have been nothing but extraordinary. I’m more relaxed and stress free than I’ve been in a very long time. In fact, I don’t remember ever being this stress free. Friends have commented on how they can see the relaxation in my face.
I listened to that inner voice. You know it; the one that speaks softly but gives you excellent advice. Initially I had made huge plans that partitioned out my day so that I could get everything done that I thought I needed to do. I dropped that plan before I even got started. It was based on too many rules and restrictions. I let my inner urges direct every hour of every day.
So, I ended up doing lots of things; travel, hiking, photography, learning new things on the computer, watching movies, reading, spending time with friends and significant others, meditation, yoga, playing guitar, working on business plans and etc.
Funny thing is that I was also able to keep my apartment clean, wash clothes, keep my car up to date and the plethora of other daily and weekly “maintenance” type activities that are required to live decently. The difference is that I did them when I wanted or when the urge struck. Maybe it felt better to do the dishes in the morning instead of at night. I washed clothes at night instead of Saturday morning.
My next experiment is to now incorporate my 11 Week experiment into a long term way of living. I will probably be starting some consulting work next week or very soon after. It will be interesting to see how my life goes.
I’ll be keeping you posted.