Jun. 6th, 2014

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This one is kind of complicated. I'm not sure how I feel about it.

Draw a circle on a piece of paper (it doesn't have to be perfect). Divide it into six slices, like a pie.

Each slice represents one of six important areas of your life. Camerons's categories are Spirituality, Exercise, Romance/Adventure, Friends, Work, Play. Use your own labels to make the pie accurate to yourself.

For me, the biggest benefit of this task was in figuring out what to put in the slices and what to call them -- since I don't have a spiritual life, I made writing its own category; "exercise" doesn't loom large enough in my life to merit a whole slice, so I made one for “recreation” instead, and so on. I did several pies before I got one that seemed accurate. Don't feel like you have to put a lot of time into it, though, unless you want to. The pie doesn't have to be exclusive – use the categories that come to mind.

Now make a dot in each slice to show the degree to which you are currently "fulfilled" in that area, however you want to define that. If you don't like fulfilled you can think in terms of general satisfaction or living up to your potential -- whatever appeals to you and feels accurate. Place a dot on the outer rim for areas where you're doing great, further inside for less great, right in the middle where the segments meet for "totally lacking." Connect the dots to see where you're lopsided or shrunken.

If there are areas in your life that feel impoverished, pick one and resolve to give it a little extra attention in the next few hours and days. If you have a “spirituality” slice that looks bashed-in, Cameron suggests listening to drum music or visiting a greenhouse. If “reading” is a neglected slice, take ten minutes to read a couple short poems, an essay, or a short story.

List a few small things you could do for each sunken slice. Even a tiny amount of attention can help replenish the pie.

Did you do your morning pages today?
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