The Disease of Being Busy | On Being

How did we create a world in which we have more and more and more to do with less time for leisure, less time for reflection, less time for community, less time to just… be?

Somewhere we read, “The unexamined life is not worth living… for a human.” How are we supposed to live, to examine, to be, to become, to be fully human when we are so busy?

This disease of being “busy” (and let’s call it what it is, the dis-ease of being busy, when we are never at ease) is spiritually destructive to our health and wellbeing. It saps our ability to be fully present with those we love the most in our families, and keeps us from forming the kind of community that we all so desperately crave.

Our overscheduled lives leave little time for contemplation and reflection. How do we enable each other to pause and reflect together and ask how our hearts are doing? Check out the article below!

Source: The Disease of Being Busy | On Being

7 Tips to Master the Art of Never Giving Up

Some amazing thoughts that will help jump-start 2017!

 

More than intelligence or wealth, what separates the truly successful individuals from the rest is the fact that they never give up. They never give up no matter how they started or how many times they

Source: 7 Tips to Master the Art of Never Giving Up

Stop Focusing on Your “Flaws” and Let Your Light Shine Bright

So often we focus on what we dislike when we look in the mirror, but we are so much more than our “flaws.” Show up, shine your light, let yourself be seen.

Source: Stop Focusing on Your “Flaws” and Let Your Light Shine Bright

The Gods Envy Us

Happy Wallpaper Wednesday everyone! This week’s Wallpaper was a perfect way to inspire and set the tone for a wonderful day. See my thoughts below the image:

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Regardless of what you thought about the movie, Achilles in Troy is making a very good point. Gods are immortal. They live forever. Nothing can kill them. But at the same time, they lack the contrast of life and death to help motivate them to really appreciate the world around them.

True, that the beauty of something is not measured by the fact that it ends, but a subtle reminder that not all things are forever (life included) can act as a motivation not to waste the few precious moments that we have on this planet.

Here we are, this moment, right here…and there is so much beauty to appreciate, to love, to embrace in. Close your eyes…what do you hear? Look around…what do you see? What do you touch? What do you feel? Take a few seconds to really appreciate the beauty around you…and this moment. Because this moment is going to end in the blink of an eye, replaced with another. So take advantage and be mindful of the here and now.

It is fleeing. It is already disappearing. But you can appreciate it, and life, before it does.

Turn Toward the Problem

Let’s take away that power, and shine a little light on the problem. Allow ourselves to feel the pain, to feel the fear and still take action. To begin the healing. To begin to create something new and amazing from the ills that have been hiding in the dark.

Turn toward the problem and you turn it into something beautiful.

– From Zen Habits “Turn Toward the Problem” 

An incredibly inspiring post courtesy of Zen Habits!

How to Be Prepared for Anything

There are various ways to prepare yourself for what might come your way, whether that’s a tough work project, a crisis, the loss of a loved one, an argument with your partner, or the zombie apocalypse.

One way is to get everything ready for anything that’s likely to come: get all your survival equipment, prepare your skills, plan for your work projects, get your affairs in order, think through your arguments, and so on.

The trouble with this is you don’t know what’s coming. And so you’ll spend your entire life preparing for various things, and not really be ready. And who wants to spend their life just preparing?

Another way of preparing is learning some skills that will have you ready for just about anything that might come.

This is the survival kit of living.

Taken from Zen Habits: How to Be Prepared for Anything

4 Ways of Choosing Happiness

1. Don’t be Your Own Worst Enemy
2. Practice Gratitude
3. Savor Pleasant Experiences
4. Exercise Optimism

Taken from 4 Ways of Choosing Happiness – Time

Here are some of my own reflections on the above:

1. Don’t be your own worst enemy:

We all have a critical voice inside us that is rooted in a one word philosophy: “can’t”. It’s a critical voice that makes us pause when we are pursuing something we like, or make us doubt the things we know. Learning to listen to this voice, without letting it interfere is a skill that can take months to years to form. One way I’ve learned to deal with this voice is to recognize that anything that generates a reaction from that voice of critical self, is probably worth my time. The things that we are most scared of doing, often end up being the most rewarding. The next time you hear the inner voice of ‘cant’, realize that you’re onto something worthwhile…and then give it your all. 

2. Practice Gratitude

It’s  easy to look at the things we don’t have. But to take a pause from that and focus on the things that we do have is one of the most rewarding skills a person can have. People try to define their happiness by accumulating the things that they have, when happiness can come from the things they already have. Take a moment every day (I like to do it at the beginning and end of every day), to appreciate the things you have. Maybe it’s the fact that you had some free time to pursue a hobby. Maybe it’s the fact that you had a good day. Maybe it’s simply looking forward to the cool crisp sheets you’re about to sleep in. Whatever it is, find something to be extremely grateful for, and let it fill you up with happiness, appreciation, and gratitude. 

3. Savour pleasant experiences

This one is very similar to practicing gratitude. Whereas gratitude may be backwards or forward reflecting, savouring pleasant experiences is something that has to be done in the moment. Stop right now. Take a minute to do absolutely nothing. Focus on the air around you, your breathing, the sounds, your body etc. What about this very moment is pleasant? Now, try this same exercise the next time something pleasant happens to you. Pause and really soak in the moment to appreciate it. 

4. Exercise optimism

This one is perhaps the hardest of them all. Optimism is not something you just do. It is a philosophy and way of life that can take years to fully form. The next time something neutral or bad happens, try to see the glass half full. What about that experience can be beneficial to you? What about that experience has taught you something new? The expression “there is always a silver lining” is almost always true. The trick is looking to find that silver lining. Take every opportunity to find the silver lining, and you will be one step closer to an optimistic attitude.