i like going to the woods before i start my day [ if in another place i’d rather a lake or shore ] so i can center my emotion and my thoughts in unison and i’m not swayed by too much thought or too much passion. self-reflection precedes self-direction and either extremity has it’s brief moments of necessity. In the first maybe one must solve a logical life problem at short notice, in the later maybe one needs to perform a song and draw into that emotion. Either state is real but also an exaggeration. Truly, without constant stimuli or instigation one would be at peace ... which is at the center of emotion and intellect.
living in any city is like ... everyone talking at the same time. this is just stated in all actuality, acknowledging the fact that at any moment someone or some event or purpose may call for [ even attempt to demand ] your attention, your time, your energy ... naturally you only have so much so it’s important to be able to decide how much you can give and to what cause. clarity in the morning, the moment i wake up helps me make the best choices in that matter. the inner voice matters much. When it tells me to mind myself and don’t lose my peace ... that is the first thing i honor. you cannot give up your peace for anything ... and by peace it doesn’t imply anything external or mundane but more so your mental state of well-being. because without your inner well being nothing you do will be of the right intent or energy and you will either be moved too much by over-thought or too deep in the lake of your emotion. to me that is what loving yourself calls for. love is an action - a verb, but it doesn’t push ... it pulls back.