Over the past few days, I've been focused on finding a new way to experience time. I'm tired of trying to serially stack boxes of activities and finding that there was never enough room in a day to do everything that I wanted to do. As a result, I ended up doing very little because I was always trying to decide what I wanted to do versus what I wanted to release. It all seemed important. At the same time, I didn't want to be so lax that I missed out on things that I wanted to accomplish.
As a result, I came up with a new metaphor that reflects how I see the world. The this metaphor will be successful or know will depend on if it's useful. I see my life being a blend of spiritual, physical and emotional. Some would suggest adding mental to this blend, but I tend to confuse it with emotional - so I'm leaving it out for now.
The spiritual is that part of me that is unknown and/or unknowable. It is the source from which everything else flows. It exists before thought.The emotional part of me is self-explanatory. It's made up of love and hate, fear and courage, sadness and joy... The physical part of me is my animal body that needs to be cared for as one would care for a beloved pet. Those are the basic parts and they are orthogonal. The spiritual, emotional and physical dimensions of myself are like the three dimensions of space. People tend to put one dimension at a more primary level than another. Spiritually oriented people might look down at the physical. Physically oriented people might see the spiritual as immaterial (was that a pun?).
Each of these can be considered like circles and these circles overlap to an extent. I would call the overlap of the spiritual and emotional as relationship, of the emotional and physical as erotic, and of the spiritual and physical as presence. Where all three overlap, I would like to call Love or Sacred Eros. My life's calling is to expand that overlap. My believe is that these overlapping dimensions create an opening through which the divine can manifest in the world.
I have taken the opportunity to create a diagram showing these overlapping areas and list my priorities in each. Now I can see how things I choose to do relate to other things that are important to me. I've also listed habits that I want to pick up (within) and things I wish to express in the world (without). I've also got an intention block This year, my intention is to release an emotional block that prevents me from expressing emotions of joy.
Consider filling out the diagram for yourself and let me know if it's useful.