Do some days feel chaotic and out-of-control, regardless of what you do? Welcome to life on earth. I have more of those days than I like to admit. What I’ve learned about those days is that we’re supposed to have them. Not all the time, but as I said – that’s life. No one is calm, peaceful and happy all the time. And we’re not meant to be.
I can’t say enough for making space in our lives. You know how good it feels to clear out some clutter in your surroundings. The same goes for your mind! We all have way too much intellectual violence going on in our heads all the time. It keeps us in turmoil and contributes to those impulsive decisions we regret almost as soon as we make them.
Here are some suggestions for how you can slow your life down & make space:
-Mindfulness exercises – looking outside at trees, flowers, nature – not judging them, but just being with them (I’ll talk more about mindfulness another day)
-Be conscious of being in the moment, rather than mindlessly going through the motions of everyday, mundane activities (washing dishes, driving to work, etc).
-Keep something you find beautiful at your desk or workspace, and stop for a moment while you’re intensely working on something to just “be”with it.
-Look at pictures of your loved ones and allow yourself to actually feel that love you have for them in your body for just a moment.
-Close your eyes JUST FOR A MOMENT and breathe deeply – trying to clear your head of any thoughts.
-Just stop working and HAVE FUN once in a while! We’re all under so much stress these days that we forget we still need that balance that a little fun provides.
You get the idea. I’m not going to tell you how to do it – that’s up to you & what works in your life. Just want to encourage you to consider finding a way to slow your life down. When you do, you’ll find that you make better decisions for yourself and you’ll have moments of that ever-elusive peace!
Serenity is not peace FROM the storm, it’s peace WITHIN the storm.