The Simplest Way to Settle a Busy Mind – Meditation Article

Do you feel busy, stressed or overwhelmed on a daily basis? Do you find it hard to make time for play and rest in the midst of your overfull to-do list? Most of us would probably describe ourselves as busy these days. Sometimes we feel stuck in the rat race, or locked in the daily grind. Although these phrases point to a not so pleasant state of being, many of us seem strangely drawn to it. We may complain that…

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How I Stopped Being Busy and Why I’m Now More Fulfilled – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Sometimes doing less is more than enough.” ~Kris Carr Two years ago I made a radical lifestyle shift. Prior to this change, I was constantly striving to do more, to achieve more, to be more. I was squeezing as much as I could into any given day. I was in conflict between building a business, working, studying, and having time for pleasure and fun. I was taking on way too much and losing myself in the process. Building a business…

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7 Quick Reminders That Will Help You Slow Down – Self Improvement Article

It’s time to slow down. Trying to keep up with the fast paced world around us is a losing battle. Our constant attempts end in exhaustion, resentment and losing perspective on what really matters in our lives. There is a better way. Less do, more be. You might be thinking, “My life is so busy. How can I do less and slow down?” I used to feel the same way. Creating a slower paced life didn’t happen overnight, but there…

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The Essential Practice of Doing Nothing – Self Improvement Article

We all have different words for doing nothing. Some of us putter, potter or tinker. And then there is the Italian, “Dolce Far Niente” – the sweetness of doing nothing. I recently became a proud member of the Do Nothing Club. Of course, this isn’t an actual club. I’m an introvert and don’t join or start clubs, but I do like the idea of doing nothing with you … together but alone. After posting the picture above, some people didn’t…

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When to Make a Personal Promise to Pause – Self Improvement Article

In the age of busy is the new black, mile long to-do lists and jam-packed day planners, pausing seems like a luxury we just can’t afford. As a result, we are reacting instead of thoughtfully responding. We are making impulsive decisions and taking action with the goal of getting things done and checking things off instead of taking action with the goal of supporting the kind of lives we want to live. If you want to align your actions with…

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Setting Boundaries and what to do if You Feel Guilty About Saying No – Self Improvement Article

Why does setting boundaries and protecting what we need most for ourselves sometimes make us feel guilty? If you feel guilty about setting boundaries, instead of dismissing the practice altogether, explore the guilt. When I feel bad or guilty about something, I write it down. I write all my thoughts and feelings on paper so I can really examine what’s going on instead of letting my mind get carried away. In other words, I don’t believe every thought that crosses…

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If You Crave a Slow Quiet Holiday Season

If you crave a slow, quiet, holiday season, it’s not too late, but you may have to do something that makes you uncomfortable. You are going to have to protect your free time, and create some white space on your calendar by saying no. Image credit: Becoming Unbusy Saying no can be uncomfortable but only so many things can have your time and attention. Overextending yourself in the name of keeping everyone happy will leave you depleted, resentful and worse…

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