Calmness is the cradle of power
Josiah Gilbert Holland
Some people amaze me.
They smile in the midst of the biggest challenges, breathe into both joy and struggle, and dance during whatever song is being played, as if the rhythm of life asks no less of them.
They are simply calm.
We all want to be those people. We all want to know what it feels like to not automatically lose it when the going gets tough.
Let’s face it.
Meditation is an incredible way to carve out a more peaceful mind.
And yoga teaches you how to breathe deeply and love living in your body.
Both help to improve your day immeasurably.
Indeed, a daily meditation habit is proven to decrease stress, improve sleep, and diminish anxiety.
But many of us feel like we’re anxious, too busy,
Our house sits at the end of a long, straight country road in a semi-rural area.
Every morning on my way out for the day, I pass one of our neighbors who walks the road after her child boards the school bus. I can see her from a half mile away walking towards my end of the road (and I know she can see me too).
I get ready to offer the same smile and wave that I extend at our passing each morning.
Are you a slave to your to-do list?
Maybe your focus is on getting things done and you feel good about the check marks you’re racking up.
Maybe you think it doesn’t matter what each item is or how you feel about what you’re doing because all that matters is working the list.
If you work with to-do lists in this way, getting things done can feel like an up-hill battle.
Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. – Natalie Goldberg
Have you ever seen a 9-year-old boy throwing knives at his baby sister?
Strangely, I have.
Now, once you’ve had a justifiable rant about ‘kids shouldn’t throw knives’, especially at cute little girls, sister or not, here’s what I noticed…
The little girl wasn’t stressed at all.
It’s frustrating, no?
You can’t seem to figure out how to become productive.
At the same time, the reason is simple:
You overthink things.
You feel stressed and anxious every time you have to make even the smallest decision. Big life decisions feel unfathomable. You’re left spinning your wheels while you know that decisiveness would help you unlock your potential.
In our digital age,
You had something to say, but as usual, nobody listened.
It’s irritating, right?
They seemed to write you off the second you opened your mouth. Worse than that, they barely even acknowledged you were there.
And it happens every time.
You know you have great ideas and opinions worth listening to, but nobody ever seems to take you seriously. So half the time you don’t even bother speaking up any longer,
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. – Epicurus
“Do you want some more?”
Seems a dumb question, doesn’t it?
The answer is of course, it depends what the ‘more’ is. More of what, exactly?
Of course you’d enjoy more money to buy more cool stuff,
Holiday stressors can ruin the festive season for you.
The holidays offer precious time to enjoy food, time off, and people we love.
But the magic of the season can turn to stress when we find ourselves around the person we avoid all year long, or panicking over gifts, or with our digestion in a funk from too many cookies and cocktails.
Use these tips to overcome holiday stressors and enjoy the festive season.
Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be. – Abraham Lincoln
How happy do you feel every day?
It probably depends. It’s not like it’s a predetermined state of mind, right?
Or is it?
I used to fall into a happy state and just as quickly fall out almost every day. My state of happiness was as delicate as a butterfly and just as susceptible to the slightest breeze.