When I sit to write a blog, I have a direction. I know what I want to share and why. But for my new FLOW Fridays, I want it to be more organic and become a space where I can just let my ideas flow…plus, an actual FLOW song for you to use at the end of your work week. I also want these posts to be interactive, so there will also be a question for you to answer.
In an earlier blog, I shared with you my need to slow down. And for the most part, I have been able to do that this summer. I have taken on less work, dropped some clients, and spent more time at play than at my computer desk. I am trying to live more “in the moment.” Afterall, the moment is right now. How often do we squander the moment of now for some dream of tomorrow? When I start rushing and being glued to my phone (i.e. thinking of my career tomorrow), I have to stop and ask myself: is it that important? And more importantly, what will I miss by not being present in this moment that is happening right now?
I love this quote from Mary Jean Iron: “Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Le me not pass you by a quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”
We are all busy people. Between jobs, family, friends, chores, and errands, we are endlessly rushing. We often forget to spend time on ourselves and paying attention to what is happening in our lives. Remember, there is nothing wrong with taking a few moments for yourself. This is nothing to feel guilty about and we should respect the need for solitude. We are able to regenerate ourselves, our levels of patience, and our desire to be around others through spending time with ourselves.
Sometimes I work so hard on time management that I don’t get anything done. Sound familiar? We can get so involved in a new habit that the habit itself becomes another monster in our lives. There are days when I realize the importance of moving, breathing, focusing, and unplugging, like today as I pack up the family to head to the woods for camping, kayaking, and climbing.
So my question to you today is: how do you stop, reassess, unplug, and regenerate yourself? And please comment below.
Another thing that I do to help release the stress (which I keep mainly in my shoulders and neck) is FLOW. FLOW is a fusion of yoga, pilates, and athletic stretching. No experience is required. No equipment is needed. There is no need to go to the gym or put on spandex. You can do this workout in your pajamas. The goal is to get stronger in your body as you increase your flexibility. You do not need to be flexible, and there are no pretzel or handstand positions.
Try this one with me. It’s simple, easy to follow, and just requires you to breathe. Ready?