"Emotional competence requires the capacity to feel our emotions, so that we are aware when we are experiencing stress." ~ Addiction Expert Gabor Maté, Ph.D
What comes up for you when you think about stress? If you’re like me, I used to think
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see ~Mark Twain
Be kind. Be compassionate. Be loving.
Most people associate these rules of engagement with how we interact with others more so than how we treat ourselves.
Most people I know, including myself, work really hard. I mean, around the clock, really. You wake up thinking about work and go to sleep to dream about more work (you have not dreamt until you dream in PowerPoint! True story).
It's graduation time! So many bright and shiny faces pumped to live out dreams, build successful lives and contribute to the society. Someone asked me, "what advice would you give to new graduates?"
"Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath." ~ Eckhart Tolle
I'm going about my normal day. Doing my typical thing at work when I receive an email…THE email that is a bomb wrapped between “Hi” and “Thanks.”
“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness is a buzzword with growing popularity in the mainstream media as well as in our daily lives.
Why is knowing what makes you truly happy such an important question?
Well, let me ask you in another way…
My husband and I adopted our first cat, Snorkel, two years ago. Typical story of “going into the pound
“We are human beings, not human doings. Don't equate your self-worth with how well you do things in life. You aren't what you do. If you are what you do, then when you don't...you aren't."
- Dr. Wayne Dyer
I’m a city gal – born and raised in multiple cities around the globe. Presently, I also live in a city. So, whenever I have free time or go on vacation, I tend to get excited about going to places where there is nature to enjoy – water in particular.
I learned that being in the country side or floating on top of a natural body of water brings me closer from the “doing” mind to the “being” mind.
What do I mean?
Most of us have a list of to-dos a mile long (and keeps growing)! And if you are one of the lucky ones (insert sarcasm), you have a to-do list for every compartment of your life – work, family, friends, etc.
How do we recognize when we are “doing” too much and not “being” enough? After all, we are human beings, aren’t we?
Lists are a great tool for organization and prioritization that can help with our productivity. But that’s exactly what it is – a tool – rather than a way of life (which may hinder us to really live our lives).
Take notice of how much “doing” you do a day versus “being” and how each mindset impacts the way you feel.
What are some ways you enjoy “being” without having to take a vacation to the Mediterranean?