By Rajiv Vij
What differentiates exceptional people from good ones is their ability to shine during times of crisis. Their key to thriving in challenging times is their mastery over their inner self. Such inner work is required at all four levels of our being. Mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. REAP is an expression of that holistic work. This work has the power to positively affect all aspects of our life.
Resilience: At the mental level, it’s about building the right mindset. It’s about overcoming our fears and doubts and building confidence, positivity and resilience. Our mindset is a function of our deep-seated beliefs. These beliefs dictate how we think, feel and act. To create a resilient mindset, we need to closely examine our underlying beliefs.
Equanimity: At the emotional level, it’s about building an anchor of inner stillness and equanimity. So, the volatility and uncertainty around us doesn’t easily affect us. For this, we need to be more open to possibilities and not be attached to specific outcomes. Whether this crisis will last six months or 18; whether you will meet some of your loved ones soon or in a while; or whether you will move into the new house you had planned for this year or not. To build this, what you need is a structured and regular reflective practice. Some quiet time in solitude to connect within.
Agility: At the physical dimension, it’s about our prioritisation and agility towards effectively managing time. Whatever you pay attention to will grow in your life. Focus on exercise and nutrition, you will become healthier; focus on meditation, you will become calmer. This is important at all times in our life, but more so in times of crisis. During such times, we usually become reactive and distracted. Instead, we need to take charge and proactively focus on the most important priorities. We also need self-discipline in maintaining our personal balance and well-being so we don’t burn out from the crisis.
Purpose: At the spiritual level, it’s about connecting with our deepest motivations and a higher purpose. Crisis can be a critical inflexion point in our life. It invites us to reflect on what’s most important to us in life. Whether it’s health, family, happiness or simply to be wise, content and kind. Seeing the sacrifices of health workers and the plight of migrant workers connects us to our compassionate Self. We become more grateful for the life we have and empathetic to the pain of others. Aspects of us that always exist within us but often get buried in the busyness of life.
Wiser people harness these emotions and channelise them towards leading a more purposeful life. Reflect on what you really want your life to be about. Success or meaning, material progress or inner happiness, individual growth or inclusive of the community?
Whatever your pursuits, start investing in the self-work and reap the benefits from it.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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