Do you want to hear one of the most valuable pieces of wisdom I can offer you? Well, it starts with a story from ten minutes ago. (Click the picture to listen instead of reading.)
I was brooding at my desk trying to figure out what the next step in my day should be. It’s not that I didn’t have a lot of things on my to-do list. It was more so a matter of priority.
As I sat here dwelling, I could feel the internal pressure gauge rising, yet I was so in it that I kept going, trying to figure out what was next, yet getting nowhere! Perhaps you can relate to this experience?
Then suddenly there was the thought, “go and have some blueberries!” Perhaps that sounds strange, but I realized at that moment that I needed to step away because I was stuck in a free fall loop of mental disorganization and dissonance.
So, I went and had some blueberries, and then the idea to write you about it became my clear next step.
Have you noticed that when you are relaxed and open you can get more accomplished in a lighthearted way five times faster than doing the same task when you are overwhelmed, rushed, stressed, or simply trying to get it done?
I can’t tell you how many times I have been at a job feeling like the “to-do” list would never end and I would never catch up. But when I took a break to simply be present, perhaps breathing, moving, practicing meditation, or all three, I would then get everything done and then some before I had to go home for the day.
In Western culture, we have a “doing” kind of attitude. I’m sure you have seen the commercials. I need to do more all the time in order to feel worthy and productive, like I am contributing to my family, my job, my community...fill in the blank with your own.
Yet I am sure you have noticed something similar to what I experienced and described above. When you come from a space of being at ease and relaxed, it doesn't feel like doing, it feels like being. There’s a felt sense of a natural and creative flow to your activities that brings with it the same felt sense of accomplishment and integrity, but without the rise in blood pressure.
This is so much healthier for you!
You don’t need to get your exercise from a raised pulse due to a constant “doing” attitude. You can get it from going to the gym, taking a power walk, or dancing.
In fact, you will get more done and feel better when you come from a place of peace and calm instead of an “I must accomplish more to feel good” attitude.
So, pause, take a couple of deep breaths and then perhaps go and have some blueberries so the rest of your day can flow joyfully.
In Loving Service,
Heather Indu Arena
P.S. If you want to further explore any of the tools and techniques I have been introducing to you throughout these blogs, or to explore deeply ingrained beliefs like “I must accomplish more to feel good”, then click here to schedule a FREE 15-minute call with me so I can tell you how I can help.
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