Recently, I had the great pleasure of listening to Buried Treasures Revealed, an episode of the Beautiful Writers podcast featuring Guru Singh.
Guru Singh is a legend in the world of spiritual practice, a practitioner of yoga and meditation, and a beautiful writer.
Listening to this podcast episode, I discovered why my best career ideas always seem to wake me up in the middle of the night.
One of Singh’s most famous concepts is that of the Ambrosia Hours. To be clear, Guru Singh didn’t invent the concept of the Ambrosia Hours; it’s been around for a while and known to yoga masters around the world.
The Ambrosia Hours are the two-and-a-half hours before the sun comes up. Also known as the “blue hour,” this is a part of the day when the electromagnetic energy of the earth is at its peak and the world is at its quietest.
The light rays that come in at this time are the longest rays in the light spectrum and they carry within them vast quantities of information necessary to nourish our bodies and our minds.
If you don’t meditate or practice yoga, can you still make use of these special hours?
Yes, you can!
Even if you don’t practice yoga or meditation, getting up a little earlier can actually give you some much-needed time to reflect.
According to an article in the Harvard Business Review titled Why You Should Make Time for Self-Reflection (Even If You Hate Doing It):
“Reflection gives the brain an opportunity to pause amidst the chaos, untangle and sort through observations and experiences, consider multiple possible interpretations, and create meaning.”
I know this can be hard. There are so many demands on your time. But getting up a little earlier than usual and writing in a journal, might just be what you need to find clarity for your next steps.
Not sure journaling can really work for you? Consider what this article from Lifehack says:
“What can best provide us with a means to understand our past, present, and future? What can document our struggles, wins, relationships, and lives; clear our minds and serve as a canvas to which we can spill our thoughts into. What can do all of this and more? The answer is journal writing.”
According to the author, writing in a journal provides space for processing what you want in terms of your career, which means more clarity for you.
You’re also more likely to have insights that you wouldn’t have otherwise received.
And my personal favorite: Journaling helps you track where you’ve been. Writing regularly allows you to the see the progress you’re making even when it feels like you’re going nowhere.
Here’s a challenge for you:
Take some time to get up just a little earlier and write out the answers to these questions:
When you think about your career a year from now, what do you want to be different?
What is the relationship between a change in your career and your overall sense of well-being?
How would you describe your life-vision and how does changing your career get you closer to achieving that?
What is one thing holding you back from changing your career?
What has been the best thing you’ve learned about yourself from your current job?