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This is the first post (of probably a few) which has less to do with the actual practice of hairdressing, but definitely contributes to my positive pursuit of it. It can probably be tagged by some as half-baked philosophy, but none the less it resonates and within that I've found the desire to get it out there.
I've found great success and contentment in pursuing paths which are largely considered the opposite of conventional thinking and or wisdom. One area in particular, is the time allotment for daily book reading. In of itself, reading is something which I always took great pleasure in as a child, but pushed aside for the preference of mouse, keyboard, screen, and a fast internet connection. That has all served me quite well, as evidenced by this very website.
Books however are an essential medium of education, information, and for some, entertainment. For many though, a book is aligned with heading to bed - allowing the words to help soothe them off to sleep after a long and productive day. When I started to regularly read again a few months back, I considered the practice of an evening read, then decided it wasn't a habit that needed to be done at that hour. I didn't want to program my brain to associate reading with sleep, or being sleepy. Instead, I've chosen the opposite. I have chosen to allocate a time when reading will springboard me into my day instead of assisting with ending it.
My morning ritual now consists of waking, grabbing a coffee, and spending half an hour or so with the current book of engagement. I've found this actually kick starts my brain in way which a phone or laptop cannot match. As reading (particularly fiction) triggers our imagination, creativity is also energised for the work day ahead. Too, by avoiding the news and media feeds first thing in the morning, there is the opportunity for positivity in my brain instead of the latest tragedy, political absurdity, or other vacuously disposable information.
This all fits into a practice of analysing the habits which we have bonded to, and considering if they support and benefit life in the most positive or productive way possible. If not, it behooves oneself to make an adjustment if that is at all possible. While not everyone has the same ability, time or means, many do have at least some choice when it comes to waking up and taking those first steps into the light. I've been trying to not use the word 'mindful' as it is quickly approaching the state of overuse in conversation that the word 'triggered' has. Instead, I'll go with 'awareness'. It seems like a good idea in this era of obsessive screen staring that we should try as regularly as we can to be aware of what it is we are doing, and if it is serving us all, individually, and collectively in the best possible way.