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.
More women need to step up, lean in, and otherwise support and encourage each other to assume more leadership roles. Not only because we are 50 per cent of the workforce, but because it only makes sense that we will create a happier, healthier, and more productive country when we -- men and women together -- utilize our collective intelligence and maximize our opposing strengths.
The reality is that rebounding and finding your mojo once more after a significant setback, failure or loss involves a lot more than simply "shaking it off" no matter what Taylor Swift says. It takes some essential and necessary stages and actions that if missed will keep you stuck, and stop you from learning and growing from the experience, which no matter how unpleasant is a rich opportunity for personal growth.
It's exhausting, this constant pressure that exists in the "real world." We're making decisions today that outline the rest of our lives. The choices we make now help us discover who we are, what we want in life, where we live and what people we want to spend our time with. How do you know which path is best? The truth is, you don't.