speaker, coach, consultant

Taking time out

South Brent

“It is necessary ... for a man to go away by himself ... to sit on a rock ... and ask, 'Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?”  -- Carl Sandburg


All of us lead such hectic lives that even the weekend never feels enough to tune out and connect with our true selves.


In the end we're left to count the days to our next holiday or long weekend.


But it doesn't have to be that way.


In many ways, it's the routine that kills us -- we feel that we've no choice.


From my perspective, I know that if I break my day in two and ride my bike or sit in quiet contemplation, it can make a major difference to the rest of the day. And it's not just the routine, it's the fact that we think we've got to spend money to enjoy ourselves. We don't. Finding a quiet place, going for a walk or speaking to someone we've not spoken to in a long while can make a massive difference.


However, none of this matters if we understand more about our body and mind.


Sit.


Breathe.


Observe your thoughts.


Together they allow us to reconnect with our higher Self. (You might like to try the four count breath next time you feel stressed. I don't want to say that you'll be energised but you’ll notice a discernable difference.)


And if all of this seems out of kilter with your life, then the only remedy I would suggest is you slow everything down -- your speech, your breathing, your walking and your engagement with people. If my experience is anything to go by, you'll immediately notice everything that's weighing you down and won't be troubled by it.