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Complete Experiences by Doing "Closure"

spiritual practice Feb 26, 2010

In our busy lives, one experience tends to blend into another. Often we do not complete the previous experience before starting the next one.

This keeps us from being present. The unfinished experiences start to build up and keep us anxious and overwhelmed.

A way to complete experiences and not drag one into another is called "Closure." Following are the 6 steps of Closure:

1. Acceptance of the reality of the situation.

2. Reconciliation: Learning something.

3. Asking: What can I do about it?

4. Determination to have things differently.

5. Look at your possibilities.

6. Put your focus in front of you!

Closure can be done immediately following the experience, at the end of the workday, or before bed to complete the day. At the end of the day, it is useful to identify and do closure with all of the experiences that affected you significantly that day.

Within the second step of closure lies the key to resolving any past experience- true reconciliation. You cannot undo an experience or "make it right". You can, however, learn from it- so that experience adds value to your life.

Once completing these steps, you are free to be present for your next experience. You can sleep and dream peacefully. You can start a new day without dragging the unfinished business of the previous day into it.

And... don't forget to do closure at the end of your Friday- so you can have a good weekend.

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