Last week my personal tank was on empty. I had been over-giving, over-doing and was just over it! As a service-oriented entrepreneur, sometimes I do not even realize I’m “over-ing.”
I know many of you do and give A LOT. I acknowledge you for this. And we are all human. There are times when we need a little hiatus from all the doing and giving, but do not take one because: we are scared if we do something will fall through the cracks or someone will be disappointed, are capable of pushing through it, are hesitant to ask for help, think we have to keep giving in order to receive, or some combination of the above.
So we keep pushing not even realizing that our tank is empty. I share more about my personal experience with this in this week’s vlog
If you are anything like me, you have a bit of a “monkey-mind.” It is easily distracted and likes to take us into the past and future. And who can blame us for these minds that rarely quit? We are over-stimulated a lot of the time.
But these monkey-minds are not good for us. They rob us of the present moment, disrupt our sleep, trigger unpleasant emotions and tell us not-so-nice things.
How do we tame our thoughts so we can experience more peace?
For me the answer has been meditation. VERY reluctantly, I started my practice about ten years ago, and it quickly became essential to my overall well-being. A day without meditation for me simply does not go as smoothly. It feels like leaving my house without brushing my teeth (ew!).
Now you may be thinking that you “can’t” meditate because each time you have tried your mind has wandered. All the more reason to meditate!! It is a practice not a quick fix. Whether you are finally ready to start a meditation practice or want to deepen your own, I have an awesome resource for you and that monkey-mind:
MEDITATION 101 – A FREE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE hosted by my friend,
Ashley Turner, taking place APRIL 21 – 25, 2014. You are invited to join me and 30+ other experts in meditation, neuroscience, psychology and spirituality teaching you HOW TO MEDITATE and WHY IT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
Almost ten years ago when I was sitting on the floor of the LA airport waiting for a flight, I got a phone call from a young woman named Gabrielle Bernstein. She had read my first book and was reaching out to me about a new online community she was starting called herfuture.com. Instantly we connected and became what Gabby calls “spiritual running buddies,” which happens to be tool #70 in her new book, Miracles Now, which includes 108 tools for less stress and more flow in your life.
Last weekend I learned how to juggle. I have never had a desire to juggle. The few times I’ve tried were frustrating so I learned other party tricks like how to balance a spoon on my nose (seriously).
Yet at a recent leadership training I attended, opting out of juggling was not an option because each of us were required to perform this trick in front of the entire group. Even more valuable than learning how to juggle was discovering my “enemies to learning,” which I share about in detail in today’s vlog.