I probably have a relatively relaxed life compared to the average person. I sleep late, meditate, and soak in the hot pond almost every day.
That’s a major improvement from when I worked 6-7 days a week and took phone calls from Europe in the middle of the night, completely messing up a restorative sleep pattern.
So you can imagine the surprise I felt when recently, during a Lomilomi treatment (a healing practice from native Hawaiian healers), my friend suggested I needed more play time. He recommended a 1:2 work to play ratio for me.
Editor’s Note: I’m delighted to share a guest post today from the brilliant Sandi Amorim and an opportunity to receive a free spot in her new program the 100 Day Promise.
That’s what I asked myself the past few months as I explored the process of change. Because change is what most people want, and whether or not we admit it, most of us have a list of things we’d like to change about ourselves.
The problem with change isn’t that we want to change. Change is natural and inevitable; nothing in life is static.
“Every single thing changes and is changing always in this world.” – Saigyo
The problem with change is that we beat ourselves up when we fail to change in the way we envision. And we do it so often it becomes a cycle that creates the future; an endless loop of disappointment and self-recrimination.
When we really want to make a change, but feel defeated before we begin, is it possible to reach our goal?
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness means being aware in the present moment, disentangled from thoughts or emotions about the past or future.
Everyone has the capacity to be mindful. But, due to habit, we lose ourselves in thoughts, emotions, sensations, and the whirl of life around us. Often, our thoughts and emotions lead to stress as we respond to internal triggers or external circumstances.
For example, you can probably remember moments when one of these torrents dominated your mind: