The container and the five principles
If you or your organization feel stuck – like many of us have – one reason may be that you’ve been skipping over the importance of what we call the “container.” In fact, every detail of your environment is important for creating the best possible conditions for your journey and can either support or hinder your search for clarity and wisdom.
Like many people, from spiritual explorers to CEOs (and sometimes they are one and the same), you may have found good teachers, trainings, and meditation and mindfulness techniques. And yes, these are essential.
Yet, if your environment isn’t given conscious attention, everything is harder. You become more easily distracted and less able to maintain a healthy routine. Wisdom, insight, and consistently clear decision-making will elude you.
What can you do about this? Well, you’ve probably already experienced the efficacy, and beauty, of a conscious container. Maybe at a retreat center, or in any environment that’s properly set up for you to focus on your purpose for being there. But the chances are you haven’t given thought to how to make that container for yourself – or your organization – in a conscious way.
A strong container like this actively supports your journey to your full potential. From a space more conducive to clarity and growth, even in the whirl and pressures of daily life, you can make an even more positive difference in the world.
We know that you can create this space, at home and at work, to help you feel really connected with life – energized by it, day by day.
And this is how Clear Sky has been able to help many people. From our work with spiritual students and heart-centred organizations, and drawing on a wellspring of lineage and tradition, we’ve identified 5 core principles to a healthy, conscious container. Implement them, and you will see results in your life and your journey.
1. Honor your space
Have you noticed how you feel when you enter an environment that’s beautiful, spacious and well-cared for? Think of the sense of uncluttered space and harmony you experience in a beautiful Zen garden. There, it’s no accident that your mind naturally moves towards calm, curiosity and joy. Right there, in that ‘aah’ moment, you’re feeling the aliveness and focus of attention to detail. By learning how to create this for yourself you’ll build a strong foundation for your explorations and practice.
2. Freedom arises from structure and routine
Consciously chosen structures and routines – though at first this may sound counter-intuitive – give you a tremendous amount of freedom and creativity. They also give you the ability to form new, healthy habits. Without a healthy outer structure, you won’t have the container that’s needed for sustained breakthrough. Instead, accept structure and routine as your allies, and you’ll gain the strength to change habits that are keeping you from clarity and joy.
3. To do what you must do alone, it’s easier when you travel with others
That whole independence thing – it’s an illusion. Yes, it may be true that the spiritual path is an inner journey, and as such one that you must do alone. Yet with others, your container for practice becomes more loving, strong and rich. Especially when it comes to major shifts in your life, you need the honesty and support of good spiritual friends. Your community also gives you strength to practise when you don’t want to. It connects you to a deeper joy and vibrancy that comes with learning together, and it gives you compassionate feedback to strengthen your personal vision. And when you need courage to meet your shadow, the shared vision and support of others helps get you through.
4. Cleaning up large areas of your life frees up energy
Each time you bring outer clarity to a major aspect of your life, you free up enormous amounts of energy. Without outer clarity, this energy is otherwise is locked up in anxiety or leaking away through distraction. Need some examples? Cleaning up your blocks and views around money frees up energy. Learning to prioritize and manage your time well – including time for playfulness – frees up energy. Improving your eating habits frees up energy. Gaining clarity of why you are here – uncovering your unique life’s purpose – frees up energy. It’s by bringing clarity into these core aspects of your life that you’ll create a strong container for bringing awareness and presence to every moment.
5. Words are powerful and our conversations shape the space where we meet
What comes out of our mouths, or doesn’t, has a powerful effect on the space we share with others. Do we listen, for example, and create a safe space where others can be vulnerable speaking from the heart? Or do we fill the space with unnecessary words? Do our words open up a space for inquiry and creative conversations, or close things down by defending a fixed view? Do we speak when our compassionate voice needs to be heard? Or is that when we hold back? With conscious and skillful speech – and by being aware of our effect on the space – we can co-create a loving, honest and open container for deep connections to happen.
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