Let’s face facts – Life in 2015 is frenetic, crazy, busy and there’s too much noise, and sadly, most of us have fallen victim to the trappings of the frenzy. I don’t know about you, but I’m really tired of hearing how Busy everyone is especially when it’s used as an excuse to not engage in life! That’s all it is – an excuse. I moved to escape some of the frenzy, but guess what? Even when you move to a small town – the same excuses show up over and over again. The thing about being so busy is that it leads to indifference which leads to avoidance and a disconnect from what matters, which is family, conversation, friends, living life to the fullest. I’ve been guilty of it myself, but I also made a decision to STOP and I’ve figured out a simple formula for starting your day off right.
Want to know what it is? Keep reading.
We get one life -that’s it – just one and we don’t get to take Busy with us. What are you doing with your life? What needs to change? What needs to give? What needs to grow? Studies have shown with all the modern technology, our lives have only become more complicated. Our expectations for immediate gratification are off the charts and you know what suffers?
Your soul…the part of you that flourishes in quiet and solitude.
We’re losing our spiritual connection because we’re too busy! Read that statement again. Isn’t it sad to think this is true. We have no down time. We’ve been programmed to fill our lives with external noise and our souls have suffered. Our connection to God (the Universe, Source – whatever works for you) suffers.
Over 30% of the U.S. population is dissatisfied with life – that’s 100 million people and that’s just dissatisfaction. That doesn’t include those who are miserable. What are we doing?
Recently I’ve made a renewed commitment to connect each and every day with my soul – with God – with being comfortable in the silence and you know what? It works, and it doesn’t cost one single penny.
I used to wake up in the morning – grab a cup of coffee – come back to bed and check my emails and social media! I started my day plugging in and I never stopped until the lights went out, but the lights were going out inside of me and I had to change. I know when I haven’t been paying attention to my mind, body and soul. I begin to feel extremely restless.
Change is simple really. It’s making a decision to do it and then committing to the change. Unfortunately we humans have a hard time embracing change. This change, however, has worked and I share with you a simple formula for starting your day off right.
Turn the sound off on your phone so you won’t hear it beeping all night. If you can move it to another room, do so.
In the morning, give yourself time to slowly wake up. Do this even if you have to wake up a few minutes earlier.
Listen to the sounds that you hear outside. What are the noises you wake up to? For me, it’s songbirds and they have loveliest voices. Even is it’s the city, wake up slowly and try and hear the rhythm of the city.
If you like a cup of coffee or tea in bed, pad on down to the kitchen, but then come back to bed. Give yourself at least 15 minutes to practice gratitude and meditation. (I told you it was simple.)
Close your eyes and think about ALL that you have in your life to be grateful for. Really think about it. Even if you have a lot to do at work, you have a place to go that pays you. If your children are messy or noisy, find gratitude by thinking about the millions of individuals who would give anything to have children making noise.
Now, out loud speak the words, Thank You. Thank you for the blessings and gifts in my life.
If you’re reading this you are not someone who has nothing. You have a computer or a smart phone and you have the wherewithal to read. Think about that for a minute. You wake up in a bed. You have clean water, a hot shower, food in your belly and a whole lot of other amenities that you might be taking for granted.
It’s so easy to take things for granted or actually convince ourselves that we’re entitled to have them. We aren’t! We’re blessed and it’s time to start living in more gratitude!
“Once you feel entitled to something, you no longer are grateful for it.” – Pete Wilson
I’m talking full out gratitude here.
Who are you grateful for? When was the last time you wrote this person and said, “I’m so grateful for you.” Do you assume your friends know you’re grateful for their friendship? What about your family? When did you last tell your spouse how grateful you are to have him in your life? Have you ever told your boss or manager that you’re grateful for the company that employs you?
I’m warning you once you get started doing this – everything is different. You’ll automatically start feeling better and I’m really praying that an added bonus is that you’ll find ways to be less busy.
For the next few weeks I’m going to be focusing on this whole gratitude business because I really believe that Lionhearted Woman just might start a gratitude movement. Who do you know that you want to help get on the gratitude train? Share this post and encourage her to join us here.
Please leave a comment and tell me what you are MOST grateful for today.