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Whatever happens in your life, take note: There’s much insight to be gained.
For example, this little fellow snuck into our home not too long ago and has taught us so much since then.
My husband noticed a skinny shadow slipping along the narrow space between the shoe rack on the deck and the sliding glass door. The “shadow” sped into the house, headed directly for the cat bowls, and devoured the food as though prompted by an insatiable hunger.
Eleau won his chow and in less than an instant our hearts as well.
“What should we do?” my husband asked. Bernie knows feeding a wild kitty is never a one time affair. We have two adult cats already. They finally made peace after a several-year stand-off and can actually (sometimes) sleep on the same bed.
The odds of their accepting a newcomer seemed slim, but fortunately Eleau had youth on his side. And how could we turn a baby away?
If you’ve read some of my recent articles, you probably sense my wish to let go of the unnecessary busyness in my life life and dwell more frequently in stillness.
This isn’t a new development.
- I’ve spoken about this pull sporadically over the past three years beginning with Entering the Forest of Many Delights.
- I continued the exploration in Making Space to See the Purity of Your Being, when one of my spiritual teachers – who happens to be a New York Times best selling author as well – disappeared on purpose for three years.
- Then I looked at it from a different angle when I explored How to Balance Work and Play.
Interestingly, the first two articles where written around my birthday month, when change always seems to be the order of the day, and the third as I entered the last quarter of my birthday year.
This past week of time tracking served as a wake-up call. It revealed activities which are not aligned with my values, priorities, and deepest goals. During the process, I looked at each aspect of my existence and asked, “Is this in line with my life purpose?” Time tracking also showed me precisely where I can simplify my life and stop wasting time.
Time-tracking can do this for you too. If you would like to give it a try, you can download and use my free time tracking log.
Yes, I want you to talk to yourself in wonderful and soothing ways. As soon as you start to feel stressed, please talk to yourself with clear, gentle, and encouraging words.
You see, a cascade of biochemicals courses through your body when the stress response turns on. What happens when your body and brain go into this alarm state? Imagine: tight muscles, increased heart rate, impaired digestion, depressed immune system and so much more.
That’s okay occasionally, but constantly living in a state of emergency will take a toll on your health and happiness.
Fortunately, you can turn the stress response around. One way to do so is to talk to yourself in a soothing way. Your kind words will let your brain know the “danger” has passed and thus will allow the relaxation response to kick in.