nd I'd give myself a solid 8/10 at life. It's just that remaining 2/10 that's sometimes missing. This other 20 per cent is, in my opinion, the zest of life. It's those moments you get caught up in and find yourself wondering if this is really your life -- is it actually possible to be this excruciatingly happy?
As we get older, we experience significant life changes, which can be tough to deal with. Without good coping skills, these changes can be the sources of much worry and unhappiness. As many of us are finding out, mindfulness meditation can help us deal with these changes and difficult situations with grace, dignity, and peace.
We try to have the most complete lives possible. We compare ourselves to other people and say "I want what they've got" like a greedy child in a sweet shop without stopping to realize that their lives are not ours and they are not us. Yet even when we have so much and our lives are full, still we seem to have a fear in the western world of NOT doing things.
Congratulations to me on having finally arrived at that wonderful place wherein it doesn't matter to me if people don't find me bright, interesting, engaging, articulate or attractive. I am finally -- at 52 -- happy with who I am. I have finally decided that I have things to say that are worth taking note of.
With spring in the air and summer right around the corner, comes a renewed zest for life! After interviewing a number of my clients and doing some soul searching myself, I have compiled a list of 10 steps that you can start today to create greater ease in your life -- and by extension, greater health.
Have you reached the glass ceiling at work and see no room for growth? Are you grumpy even when you're not in the office? Are you living for the weekend? Can't wait for 5 p.m. and counting the days till your next vacation? For the love of all things holy, stop wishing your life away and do something you enjoy!
When I discovered the German word Waldensemkite -- the feeling of peace that one gets when being alone in the woods -- it made me wonder how real are these experiences? Did this invisible forest mist have an impact on me? As a scientist, I relish the experiment. So for one week, I would spend at least five minutes maximizing the human/tree interface, i.e. tree hugging.
I am always amazed how the thumbnail options from which I have to choose are almost inevitably ones that are less than flattering. My mouth is wide open, my eyes are closed, or I have an expression on my face that would frighten small children! How's your thumbnail, right now? Is it a picture of approachability? Is it a message of openness?
I have nothing against the word success or even it's traditional definition. It's just a word, after all. But let's call it what it is. It's a benchmark for performance and attainment -- a measuring stick. Tangible metrics are important and have their place, particularly in the business world. But if you're looking for personal fulfillment, it's not likely that traditional measures of success are going to get you there.