Do you have a tendency to rush? Do you feel like you're always on the run and find it hard to relax (until you dive into a bottle of wine)?
If smashing your to-do list, constantly planning, always looking to the next thing are your default setting, give yourself permission to take a step back and sigh. There is another way.
A state of unrest
Being efficient and productive in our go-go world can come at a cost – an exhausted overworked nervous system that has clicked into overdrive – leaving you in a state of unrest.
Constantly thinking and doing – without room for feeling and being – is a recipe for burnout. And is likely to shape a way of life that you long to escape.
For there's so much more to you than your to-do lists.
While machines wash our clothes and robots clean our floors (love them!) rather than creating more time and space in our day, we tend to just do more. With all our modern conveniences, we've become adept at optimising the use of our time, but has it come at the cost of a more easeful, natural pace of life?
Remembering the art of being
Our life experience is illuminated in the light of our attention. But when our attention is consumed by all the things we have to do, we can miss the magic of life because we're too busy to notice it.
Our doing shouldn't come at the cost of our being. For the richness of our lives lies in feeling and being – experiencing life through our senses – our doorways to pleasure.
Weaving pockets of calm into the fabric of our lives – in the spaces in between our doings is key. Try this – take a moment to notice the sky on your skin, now appreciate how its flowing through your body as your breath.
Simple sacred pauses like this can shift you from 'thinking and doing' to 'feeling and being' in a moment. And when you start to notice and appreciate how entwined you are with nature – our only home – you forge a more magical lens for experiencing your life.
Finding space to be comes with adopting a more natural pace of life where doing and being co-exist. Having presence of mind is how we feel most alive. By making a habit of simply taking pause to step down from the mind and be in the body, is key to fully inhabiting our sacred lives – lives that will never be repeated.
Slowing down enough to notice how life visits you is at the heart of mindfulness. The world needs mindful leaders who embody a truer and lusher way of being – for we're human beings not human doings after all.