I’ve always had a particular fascination with time and I’m somewhat of a ritualist. I find I’m drawn to programs and calendars that offer the opportunity for daily practices and observations. Recently I picked up a book by Denise Linn – Soul Coaching: 28 Days to Discover Your Authentic Self.
This book is promoted as a 4-week program filled with practical, daily steps that lead to cleansing and clarifying different aspects of your life at the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual levels.
Part of the appeal for me is that each of the four weeks is dedicated to a particular element, and I always find this a useful and interesting perspective to work with. For instance, week one is dedicated to working with the energy of Air – and clearing your mental self.
The program is set up with an overview of what to expect task-wise each week, and then assessments, exercises, and affirmations are provided for each day. At week’s end there is time for an overview.
One of the things I particularly like is the program’s flexibility – it can be worked at different levels. So if you only want to participate at a level that requires 15-30 minutes daily commitment, that’s fine. If you want to dig deeper and invest more, you can do the additional exercises provided. And if you’re committed to going full tilt, you may choose to take as long as needed with each section, rather than completing them on a daily/weekly basis.
There’s a wide mix of exercises and suggestions. Some are quite simple and obvious and others require you to pull a bit more from yourself; but none are particularly difficult. I suspect that may in fact put some people off. But I prefer a looser framework that acts more as a springboard than a strict regime.
I found it a helpful lesson to spend a week at a time looking through a particular lens – a week of Air, a week of Water, a week of Fire, a week of Earth. And I particularly enjoy discovering how the week’s elemental theme manifests itself in surprising and unexpected ways. Linn particularly fosters this openness to look for signs – to be aware of the myriad of support around us always.