For many years of my life I was a veracious reader, spending entire weekends lost in the pages of a good book. I would read fiction and non-fiction books, moving from one to the next.
One year around Christmastime, my boyfriend asked me if I could remember the details from a certain book about meditation. I could not. Then he asked me another question about a different book I had just finished, and I could not recall the details either. It was at that point, he made a suggestion to me that was extremely eye-opening. He asked, “Why don’t you try to give some time between books? So, the information can really sink in.”
Honestly, I hadn’t thought about that before. For so many years, I would move from one book right to the next, usually without much thought about why I had chosen to read the book in the first place. That was when I realized that books had become a distraction for me. What had started as a way to educate myself about spiritual topics, had now become a way for me to get so distracted in the learning process that I did not allow for time to assimilate the new knowledge into my life.
So on that New Year’s Day of 2007, I decided I was going to take a year off from reading books. I didn’t know it at the time, but there was truly nothing finer I could have done to speed up my spiritual development.
All of a sudden, I not only had more time, but also discovered that my thoughts were more focused and my intuition became clearer. I was able to listen to my guidance in a way like never before.
Did I miss books? Yes, for the first 3 months, I really missed them. However, the more I removed myself from them, the more I discovered that I had been missing out on connecting with myself and my guides. By the time the year was over, I didn’t jump right back into reading (even though I thought I would have). I had discovered something that was even better than connecting with the words and vision of another person, and that was connecting with my own.