While brainstorming what we envisioned our community gaining from Devotion360, lots of words came to our mind that start with “RE”. That is why some of our class names start with “RE”!!
RE- is a prefix, originally from Latin, used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition. But another definition that I like is c.1200, from Old French and directly from Latin re- word-forming element meaning "back to the original place; again, anew, once more," also with a sense of "undoing,”
RE- is the pause. RE- is the path back to the starting point, the original form, the true self. RE- is the chance to start again, to make a different choice, to make a shift, to take a new perspective, each and every day.
The possibilities of words that start with RE- are endless. Here are some just to name a few: Retreat - Renew - Rethink - Recycle - Realign - Reapply - Rebirth - Recharge - Reclaim - Reconnect - Revitalize…
But in honor of this new venture, we would like to talk about some of our favorite ones. Our mission at Devotion360 is to help you live a better, more fulfilling, happy and whole life. Take some time to consider these five RE- words which could help find your focus and more joy this summer!
Take the time to be silent, to listen, and to REflect on all of your greatness. Think back on the first half of this year and make a list of all you have accomplished! Whether big or small, each step on your path is important. Acknowledge that you have made many strides, accomplished goals large and small, had fun adventures, learned new things, and have made lasting memories. Note what is going well in your life, and what areas you may want to give more attention.
hOMe Work: Make a list of 25 things that you have accomplished in the past 6 months! Write them down. REjoice!
Connecting with your hearts desires, your true Self, will help to REalign your intentions and your decisions related to what you really want and need right now. To live more authentically, it is important to continue to listen to your deep inner guide and don’t let other’s opinions or expectations influence you.
hOMe Work: Sit quietly or lay down in relaxation for 10 minutes. Focus on your breath and quieting the mind. Then take a pen and a journal and ask yourself, what do I need to know? Whatever thoughts arise, write them down. Don’t edit, analyze or judge. Just let the thoughts flow. What do you need to know?
Ask yourself what you want to contribute to this world? What do you want to be remembered for? How can you make a difference? What will bring meaning into each day for you? REdefine how you want to show up in the world – in your community, your family, your work. Cultivate meaningful values in your life and the affect will ripple out into the world. Living in accordance to strong, heart-centered values will be transformative for you and all those around you.
hOMe Work: Write down 5 things that you want people to remember you for. These things could include accomplishments, qualities, or characteristics. Start cultivating these into your life now.
Spending time with people you love or are inspired by will make your days more fun, heart-centered, creative, and meaningful. REconnect with those people now. Stop putting it off. Work, laundry, emails, and to-do lists will always be waiting, but those people may not. Reach out to those who you haven’t had time to touch base with or see recently. Connect in person or over the phone (not just digitally).
hOMe Work: Make a list of special people who you would like to spend time with. Schedule time EACH WEEK to connect with one person from this list. Make a plan and have fun. Research shows that meaningful experiences bring more happiness to people then material items.
Tara Brach, an inspirational Buddhist Meditation Teacher and author, refers to the saying re-relax. To re-relax is to remember to keep coming back to the breath and to this moment. To consciously remember to relax into life as it is. In other words, to relax over and over into the reality of life, knowing that everything is really okay in this moment. Coming back to this place of relaxed knowing is helpful in remaining calm in times of challenge and when situations trigger an emotional response.
hOMe Work: Relax. Breathe. And Re-Relax.