Mind Exercises - Fun Calendar.
A tool by Sagar Sonker
This Fun Calendar was first introduced during the Batch-4 of my 30 Days Fun Spiritual Workshop.
A calendar is a system where days, dates, months, and years are recorded. Periods in a calendar are usually synchronized with the cycle of the sun or the moon. Calendars are reference points, for us to track events of life.
However, over a period of time, we have become so mechanical and robotic in our approaches to Calendars that we feel bogged down by those very events and dates. While it would be nice to stay happy in the present day and enjoy life to the fullest, we (sometimes) unnecessarily trap ourselves in these cycles of days, weeks, months, and years, and make use of the Calendar to stay more negative than positive.
The Calendar's job is still the same, the Calendar is still wonderful, but the way we have programmed our minds about it is sometimes pain-giving to no one but ourselves. Dates are only to track our events, but we track our happiness, we tend to remember more sad things from the past than happy things. We consider days our our lives more burdening than fun. We live more in the future or in the past, than in the present. Let's do something right now that will change our outlook at looking at life.
Prepare a Fun Calendar, which will contain the dates for the next 30 Days, starting today. You will write the dates correctly, as per the real calendars. However, although we cannot completely forget the names of the days, you will tweak them. The Days on your Fun Calendar will be named as "FundaySun", "FundayMon", "FundayTue", "FundayWed", "FundayThu", "FundayFri", "FundaySat". Yes, the first day of your week will be Sunday, sorry, I mean "FundaySun" :) I would have preferred not writing Mon, Tue, Wed, etc. in the names as well, but we don't want to lose track of what human beings have decided for a reason.
Write the Day names EXACTLY as I've written above (without the quotes, of course). This will be your vocabulary for Days for the rest of your life :) More than the verbiage, it's about the feeling of realizing that EVERY SINGLE DAY (no exceptions) is supposed to be that of FUN.
How to Practice
Well, use it like your regular calendar, while emphasizing the word Fun in them.
What is Fun? Fun is not over-excitement, or jumping around your house or office, or talking to a wall, or driving fast on a highway. Fun means the right perspective of looking at everything. Fun means letting go. Fun means "I want to be happy, and I don't care about anything, because I'm not doing anything FOR happiness, I'm doing everything WITH happiness.". Fun means not caring about how people behave. Fun means not thinking about what happened yesterday (even if it is going to continue today) or what will happen tomorrow, even if its thought-process begins today. Fun means living today only for today, focused completely only on today and the next one hour, and now. This is the freedom that we all are looking for, and fortunately, that freedom is not found anywhere else, but within.
Talks by me on using this tool