Live in the Orange Zone - Day 7
30 Days of Self Study, Meditation and Reflection
Day seven of living in the orange zone.
We have a sacred time, sacred space. We have intention setting, gratitude, sacred silence and listening, and now blessing others and praying for others. Today I'm adding sacred reading.
One of the things that I have done my entire life during my devotion is to have a book or a number of books that I'm reading to inspire my creativity, to inspire my growth, to teach, to reflect. I really started that thanks to my mom. She has been reading and doing, whenever she does her devotion, she's been doing her reading, a little stack of books, but one in particular.
We decided this morning, she's had this one devotional book for 40 years, as part of her prayer time to reflect and to connect to something that's more golden, as we talk about Svadhyaya, our inner self.
One of her cute traditions, which I love so much, is she used to take her devotional book and if something special had happened, she would write that in the book. Like “today we moved to the farm” or “this is the day that Diana got Jupiter”. Over the years she's always reminding me of these special things that have happened years and years and years ago. Even that she knows, I know that she knows that from reading her devotional book that she's still so committed to.
I'm in my space where I have, next to my bed, my devotional book. Some I've had for over 20 years. I just started to read a new one that I've introduced this year for myself called The book of Awakening by Mark Nepo. On May 7th, the entry was so serendipitous and synchronistic to what we had been talking about. I wanted to share it with you as a way to inspire you to find a devotional book that can be part of your living in the orange zone.
We had been talking about the layers of who we are, our koshas are like windows, and how we need to clean and clear them up so that our golden self can shine out. Mark said this, “Before fixing what you're looking at, check what you're looking through.” Then he tells a story, he's a great storyteller, of going driving 300 miles to visit his 94 year old grandmother. He hadn't seen her for eight months and he was in her room where she spends most of her time. She says to him that it's so dreary outside. He said,” Grandma, it's a beautiful day.” He looks through the window and realizes her window is so dirty that she doesn't see the sun through it. Then this was her response with her Russian accent, “Got a dirty eye, see a dirty world.”
Mark Nepo writes, “It is the same with our minds and hearts, for our very self is the one window we have into this life. And so often, we suffer a mood of a dirty window believing the brilliant world gray. Perhaps in our work is the ordinary art of window washing.”
I wanted to share that with you because when I read that, it inspired me, and I wrote in my journal and thought about how I spend the moments of my day and how often I might be looking through the lens. It is dirty. And rather than clearing that up, it changes my mood.
I want to invite all of you to find some books that you consider sacred, spiritual, inspirational, psychology, poetry, and start just including a three minute, I know you're all like, “Diana, this is getting longer”, but just a three minute read and let that be part of what inspires you to start shifting in your time of this orange zone. It’s what it's all about. Growing, shifting, being inspired, and living golden, and oranges of brilliant moments of our life.
Day 7 Inspiration
Today's inspiration comes from Marcus Aurelius
Create your own retreat
Nowhere can a man find a quieter or untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
Click the links below to find out more:
The Orange Zone - A 30 Day Practice - YouTube Playlist
Daily Inspirational Quotes for 30 Day Meditation
Blog Post: What is the Orange Zone?
Day 1: InvitationDay 2: Practice Silence & Listening
Day 3: Adding Gratitude
Day 4: Set Intentions
Day 5: Give a Blessing
Day 6: Start Young
Day 7: Sacred Reading & Reflection
Day 8: Wear & Remember
Day 9: The Practices Brings Transformation
Day 10: Repot & Prune for Growth
Day 11: Indoor Pruning
Day 12: Move the Furniture
Day 13: Self Reflection & Appreciation
Day 14: Practice Appreciation & Feel Blessed
Day 15: Why hurry?
Day 16: Energy Banking
Day 17: Start Your Day with a Healthy Breakfast
Day 18: Space Training
Day 19: Breath- Our Instant Medicine
Day 20: Create your own Garden