Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Tool to Help You Develop Your Personal Road Map

Fun Exercise: The Pieces of Your Personal Puzzle

(Please refer to 'How To Create Your Own Living Road Map' below)

  1. Contemplate those you look to, pray to, or admire.
  2. Write down the qualities you see in those individuals - like compassion, patience, or whatever qualities you feel drawn to further develop a relationship with.
  3. After making your list of at least 6 or 7 of these qualities, take separate pieces of paper and entitle each piece of paper with a quality.
  4. Describe each quality in detail, describe how you see these qualities manifest in those you are using as an example. Go into as much detail as possible, explaining the results and payoffs for these qualities. In other words, what are the benefits of incorporating these qualities deeply into one's life?
As you write, you support yourself in integrating and understanding how these qualities relate to who you are now, and who you have the potential of becoming. Even though you are describing how you see these qualities in others, remember you wouldn't be able to describe them if you didn't also "own" them, or possess them within yourself.

Know that you are using these individuals as models. More importantly they are mirrors, reflecting back to you.

Another key factor to remember is intention. As you are writing and understanding the benefits of these qualities, intend that this understanding becomes a deeper awareness for you.

As clearly as you can see these qualities in others, may you internalize the benefits for yourself and all beings and use them productively in your life!

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