ok, so we started talking about Cave Day (or Cave Time) a bit back…
and in the last post we talked about what Cave Day is, and why you should care (you should)
and i promised another part to follow soon after.
now we’re ready to talk about the when and the where of Cave Time.
(we’re meant to be together… hehehe… if you’re a Shakira fan you’ll be singing in your head now. you’re welcome )
it’s all about you & what will feed you.
after some (ok, a LOT) of trial and error, here’s what i’ve found works best for me…
when – regularly scheduled times
first things first… if i don’t specifically set aside time & plan for them, they will *never* happen
(well… maybe not *never*, but they won’t happen until i’m fried crispy & nearly useless to everyone around me)
no bueno, my gorgeous. that’s not helpful to anyone.
so, once i realized that actually putting them on the calendar would be necessary, i tried once per month, twice per month, once per week, and a couple of variations within those.
what worked the best (so far) is doing them once per week.
when i have a FULL Cave Day (again, remember this is for me and this is something i’m able to schedule in right now given the way my life & biz are set up… it wasn’t always the case, and it took some time & experimenting to get here) scheduled every single week, i always know that there’s one right around the corner… so i always feel like there’s light at the end of the tunnel. there’s space. there’s some ease there (either just completed, or nearly here).
and that’s muy bueno
in fact, i noticed during my trial month (in October, i tested out one Cave Day per week. every week. no exceptions.) that i was able to get a lot more done in a shorter time-frame on each of the other days (when i set myself up with a list & some focus).
so my next trial is going to be about incorporating Cave Time into every single day. that may mean i take 20 minutes three times/day… it may mean i start my day with Cave Time (or end it with Cave Time), or it may mean something entirely different… time & experimentation will tell (as they always do)
in the meantime, i’m holding on to the full-day-each-week thing too. it’s been too helpful not to. when there are concrete results, i’m in.
where – building The Nest
this is the fun part.
i usually start off my Cave Day by scouting out the area i’m gonna create a nest in that day.
it used to always be in the living room.
i’d go around the house & close all the curtains & blinds, making it as dark as i was able…
then light a couple of candles in the living room
and pull ALL of the available pillows & blankets into the corner where the two areas of the couch meet.
then i’d put ottomans around me on either side & literally kind of build a closed-in nesting area
but lately i’ve taken to creating my nest in the bedroom, or the office. pros and cons to each.
i just really listen
(there’s that listening bit again) to what i feel i most need in that moment, and then build my space accordingly. i don’t always get it right, right off the bat, but the beauty of it is that i can change it up on a dime. i can grab other resources, i can put things away if i need more space, i can change location any time i need to… i can also just leave the freakin’ house & get outside if that feels best.
it’s all about the listening to what’s most needed in the moment (which is spectacular b/c then this listening bit starts to become second nature & feeds into everything else you’re doing) and then doing it instead of talking yourself out of it for any reason. (that’s when Cave Day starts really feeding your life & the magick sets in )
that’s that for this one, gorgeousness… thoughts? questions? tell me about it on my Facebook page. you can also shoot me a message via my FB page or via my contact form… let me know if you have any thoughts or questions you’d like to see addressed as part of this series! will be addressing the question that started this series next