Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts. Einstein
What do you do when you feel stuck in life?
Do you listen to your heart?
Or do you weigh the situation? Sum up pros and cons. Think about it. Then think about it some more.
All the while you feel increasingly anxious and overwhelmed.
You think: if only there was an easy solution to making difficult decisions.
Silence is golden.
But for the entirety of my young life, I needed noise. Music, TV, something had to be going on or I felt antsy. Time was a valuable thing, and if I wasn’t using every second of it, what a waste! I carried that feeling right into my adulthood, and you would rarely find me without some kind of distracting sound in the background: a stereo set to my favorite rock station,
Are you waiting for your dreams to come true?
Do you await that one day in the far future when you can start living the life that’s possible for you?
Have a bucket list filled with your deepest desires?
Most likely, you have a long list of things you want to experience and accomplish some day.
However… that someday may never come.
If you spend your life working at an unfulfilling job,
Isn’t that just your luck?
Another year of no opportunities.
Another year of Lady Luck bypassing your door.
Another year of the same old same old…nothing.
Some people just seem to attract good fortune. Once in a lifetime opportunities fall from the sky into their laps.
Some people just have all the luck.
Or do they?
Can it really be that some people are just born lucky?
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,