Your Inner Sage

Your Inner SageWhere is Your Inner Sage?

The combined wisdom of ancient and modern science and techniques help us understand how to get motivated and stay engaged.

In olden times, it was the priests who were the sages and scribes. Their job was to understand how the world works and what makes us humans tick, so they could guide the rulers in their choices and actions. 

As advisers to the kings and queens, these wise ones filled the roles of  scientists, teachers and astrologers. They developed deep insight into how the human hearts, spirits and minds function.

They guided those in power on their choices of generals and consorts. They advised them on when to plant, when to reap and when to go to war. 

Part of their job was, in essence, to do what we describe today as the work of a psychologist. Carl Jung, recognized the vast knowledge in the archetypal symbolism these ancient astrologers used to describe different qualities of human potential.

Over the millennia, psychology and neuroscience have expanded our knowledge and filled in many gaps. Daily, biologists, geneticists and scientists of all descriptions learn more about us, our world and the universe.

Our understanding of what activates latent gene potential is growing exponentially. We understand more about how the sun’s cycles affect us with things like seasonal affective disorder. 

The field of chronobiology – the study of biological rhythms and how our internal clocks work on our brains, hormones, cells and biology – is rapidly expanding.

The genes you inherit, that you come into the world with, set potential for what you can achieve, but what we do and experience can turn them on and off.

Today, the knowledge the average person has is probably somewhere close to what those priests and scribes had.  Popular psychology and WebMD makes everyone is their own psychologist and doctor. 

We help ourselves in so many ways, sometimes with ease, and sometimes not. It is up to us to find a way to turn on the part of us that drives us forward. We have to eat right, exercise adequately, and generally keep ourselves – and our families – healthy. And then we still have to make a living.

Where is the time to get our minds and psyches healthy? How do we find the time for the mental and soulful self-care that keeps all the right genes switched on and running?  How do we know when to go to war and when to stop fighting? 

It is up to us! We have to make that time. Do you?  START HERE

We have 24 hours in every day. That is 1,440 minutes. Take 5 for introspection.  Just 5 minutes a day.


Author: Sue Hines

  1. I read an article in the NY Times not long ago that addresses this issue! Research has shown that our most creative thinking comes during our down time. When I thought about it, I realized that it was true for me too! Excellent piece!

    • Sue HinesSue Hines08-19-2014

      Thanks, Jacquie. That is an interesting point. In the book, Flow, there is much about that and the fact that taking a break allows your brain to “process” information and come up with new insights.

  2. LenieLenie08-15-2014

    I really like the 5 minutes a day for introspection. We so often forget to take the time to just be – giving it 5 minutes should definitely be doable – if it isn’t I would say we’re in big trouble.

    • Sue HinesSue Hines08-15-2014

      Lenie, you’re right. It’s like the chicken and the egg. We are in trouble if we can’t find the 5 minutes and when we are in trouble we can’t find the 5 minutes. The key is waking up to the fact that it is a matter of choice.

  3. maxwell iveymaxwell ivey08-14-2014

    Hi Sue; You are so right. If you can’t invest five minutes in yourself every day, then when do you take the time to love yourself? How do you get in balance and stay there? I find one of the few times when I have absolutely no distractions is in the shower. I find it a good place for introspection. and i can sing as loud as i want and no one will complain. 🙂 keep the wonderful posts coming, Max

    • Sue HinesSue Hines08-14-2014

      Thanks, Max. Those 5 minutes to oneself are so important. Seems like you have a system for yourself nailed!

  4. Sue — a writer on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times wrote about this topic last week. He said it was essential to find space in our brain for pure “thinking time.” We are all so bombarded with information every day that we don’t set aside time for creative thinking and problem solving. He said just taking a walk can clear your brain for these activities. I love to walk and he’s right.

    • Sue HinesSue Hines08-14-2014

      Thanks for that, Jeannette, I will look for the article. Walking is a great way to clear the brain. I walk 2-4 miles most mornings.

  5. Patricia WeberPatricia Weber08-13-2014

    Since I already do about 20 minutes a day between meditation, gratitude and (love) the 7 minute scientific method workout, hey, I’m up for another 5 to just BE.


    • Sue HinesSue Hines08-13-2014

      Great habits, Patricia. Reflection is such an important part of being free to give that gratitude and feel truly connected to your life. Sounds like you are “in tune!”

  6. MeredithMeredith08-13-2014

    Five minutes a day sounds do-able, and yet, I so often don’t! You’re right though, it’s up to me to decide how I’m going to feel about things, spend my time, and take care of myself.

    • Sue HinesSue Hines08-13-2014

      Meredith – that’s exactly the point! We mean to, but don’t. Support and encouragement is all essential!

  7. Laurie S HurleyLaurie S Hurley08-12-2014

    As I grow older I find I am taking way more than five minutes a day to be my own sage. Meditation, cycling alone, journaling, deep thinking – they all help me seek inner peace and a sense of balance that is so much more necessary for me these days. Someone recently described me as being “spiritual” and not in a religious sense. I took that as a compliment and certainly not a word I would use to describe myself, but nonetheless, I’ll take it!

    • Sue HinesSue Hines08-12-2014

      Awesome, Laurie. Recognizing the need to take that time is so important. There is a spiritual side to all of us, that often gets buried in the “must do’s” of every day living. There comes a time, though, when we turn inward to rediscover it. It doesn’t have to take a long time, either. Just a little bit every day.

  8. Susan CooperSusan Cooper08-12-2014

    I would like to think anyone would be able to set aside at least 5 minutes a day for introspection. That’s little time when it comes to keeping our minds and our psyche healthy. A good investment of time.

    • Sue HinesSue Hines08-12-2014

      It is a good investment of time. Stand by – I have a 5 minutes a day course coming up…an sooner than you think!

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