Cultivate an excellent mind
In such a fast-paced world, stress and anxiety in our day to day living can begin to seem a natural part of life. While we think we're using our time wisely, a closer look would indicate that for many of us, our busyness has become a form of laziness that has stopped us from investing time in the areas we really value. With stress being linked to higher rates of depression, heart disease and increased inflammation throughout our body, our mind is something that really deserves our full attention. If we want our lives to flourish, we need learn to create regular time away from the fast pace of day to day life and cultivate time to create an excellent mind. While there are many ways this can be done, some of our favourites are through meditation, breath work and having clarity on our purpose and values.
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Meditation This is one area that will be well and truly worth your investment. Whilst many of us refuse to start meditation because of a lack of time to begin the practice, we fail to realise the dividends this simple practice can offer in every other area of our lives. Meditation teaches us to step back from the thoughts that we often associate ourselves with and develop a more calm, relaxed and patient approach to the events of daily life. Thanks to apps like Headspace, meditation is now easily accessed by people from all walks of life from all around the world.
Know your priorities When our life is simply guided by the most pressing issues to grab our attention, we can run through our days putting out spot fires, without ever investing in the things we really care about. With a focus of faith, family and friends, health, career and contribution we can make sure we keep the main things the main thing and not just get up doing the important so much that we miss the essential.
Know your purpose The Japanese have a word for this. Ikigai. It means your purpose for getting out of bed each morning. Each of us has dreams and passions to be a contributor to our community by using our gifts and talents to help others. It's by recognising what we see as our purpose that we can stay motivated to play our essential role in humanity.
Breath Work Our breath is one area that many of us don't pay any attention to. We may notice that when we run we breathe heavier and when we're relaxed we breathe a little more slowly, but many of us are unaware of our ability to adjust our levels of calmness and clarity by focusing more closely to our breath. It is the key focus in many meditation practices as it allows us to take our attention from our thoughts which often run our minds and place it onto another point of focus. In fact, mindful breathing is an incredible way for us to let go of tension and build our energy levels. Are you overwhelmed? Focus on your breathing.