A time for slowing down

"The best cure for the body is a quiet mind." 
Napoleon Bonaparte

First off, I wanted to thank you for the amazing reaction to my TEDx Talk. If you haven't watched it yet, please do and let me know what you think!

Now onto this week's message...

This past Sunday, I did something I can't remember ever doing before...I sat and stared out the window for hours.

Does that sound weird to you? It sure felt weird at first. Now, I meditate every day, but just sitting watching birds for an entire morning? It felt indulgent and lazy.

And then, it felt magnificent.

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Even though I couldn't go outside due to the smoke from nearby wildfires, I was able to connect with nature by really examining the branches of the trees outside my home and watching the birds play around my yard.

And minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, I felt my insides let go and relax. And feeling them do so made me realize how much tension I carry around on a day-to-day basis, thinking it's normal.

It was the kind of decompression I normally only get when I go on vacation. And I need more of it in my life.

I know not everyone has a lifestyle in which sitting for hours on end is possible. But I also know that we busy ourselves a lot more than we need to in order to feel productive.

How many times a day do I normally get on Facebook? On Sunday, I literally had to put my phone in the drawer so I wouldn't reflexively look at it. And by the end of the day when I felt lighter and happier, I couldn't help but think that more empty space was good for my soul - and that knowing all the latest happenings wasn't.

I also got more great ideas and insights throughout the day because my mind had the chance to work on some things subconsciously. In today's fast paced world, we forget that thinking time is necessary for us to process things and awaken our creativity. Why do you think Einstein took so many naps? CLICK TO TWEET

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So this holiday season, when I'm sure you have most of your waking hours scheduled, I encourage you to carve out some space for yourself. Not to mull over the problems that have been going around in your head, but to watch nature and simply be. The cool thing is that the answers to your problems will probably come when you're chillaxin'!

Did this post serve you? If so, please let me know on our Facebook page and share it with your friends. We could all use a little downshifting this week...

Ahhhhhhh,
Emily

PS - To help you get in that quiet space, Deepak Chopra is offering a 30-day trial membership to his new meditation app, Ananda. I am loving it so far!!!