I realize I am more likely to be orienting to my true north when I take time to breathe, to step back from my sense of rush and urgency, and to consider a long view of what seems like a momentary crisis. To step back and check my compass rather than racing by my clock.
My friend Wendy Green invokes the rule of 9: how will I feel about this in nine hours, nine days, nine months, nine years?
Sometimes I use the rule of six, if I can't see alternatives that are true to my true north--the rule of six (from the teachings of Native American leader Paula Underwood Spencer) requires that I stretch my mind from the one path that has me at odds with my better self, to a total of six paths, and then keep learning.
Points to consider--for journaling, meditating, or conversation...
1) What do you know about your own true north?
2) How can you learn more by reflecting on, and sharing, what has shaped it?
3) When are you most likely to be driven by your clock rather than guided by your compass, your true north?
4) What practice will help you move more wisely?