Find Some Time To Just Be...

personal development Aug 01, 2017

Are you always busy doing things? Find some time to just Be, in order to improve the quality of your life. In this blog article I share with you 5 useful tips on how to enjoy just being instead of being busy doing all the time.

One of my mentors Bob Proctor says that we do not need to slow down, instead we need to calm down. Indeed, it is amidst calmness that you are able to see more clearly, to reevaluate where you are, to decide on your next step etc.

When Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen came up with the title of one the most successful book series Chicken Soup for the Soul, with more than 100 million books sold in the US and Canada alone, it was in the midst of calmness that Jack Canfield came up with the title. In fact, he came up with the name after meditation.

We do not find answers and solutions in the midst of chaos but when we invite ease and peace.

The following are 5 tips on how to enjoy Being more often:

1. Meditate
Find some time to self-reflect by meditating. It is in calmness that you get to know yourself better. It has been scientifically proven that meditation helps us be more mindful,  distress, improve concentration, increase self-awareness, and happiness and slow aging.

2. Rest and relax
Allow yourself some time for rest and relaxation. I am speaking directly to those  who feel guilty about spending time resting. They cannot rest because they feel it is a waste of time and that they should be doing something! The key here is to enjoy the precious moment of stillness, the quiet time and relate this time to your ‘me time’ or re-energizing time.

 3. Deepen your breathing

The breath is the energy of life; imagine yourself stopping for 3 minutes, sitting down quietly and breathing in deeply and breathing out slowly. During this time you have allowed yourself to release any tension you may have in your body and returned to calmness and stillness. It is important to reconnect to the breath of life. Breathing has tremendous benefits both on our mental and physical well-being.

4. Spend some time outdoors in nature
This is important, especially if you spend many hours indoors, in front of the computer. Give yourself some time to walk outside in nature and enjoy the fresh air in order to recharge your batteries. If you do not live near a park, make the journey to the park nearest to you. Reconnect to nature, nature gives us oxygen and we give it carbon dioxide. We need nature and nature needs us.

5. Put your mobile phone on silence
Put your mobile phone on silence when you are having breakfast, lunch and dinner and keep it away from sight. Furthermore, put aside your gadgets, devices and phones for a day and go offline. My yoga teacher and friend, Chris James, owner of Chris James Mind Body, challenged his clients to ditch their mobile and computer during the UK’s National Unplugging Day.

In fact, he wrote an article about The Digital Detox Diet entitled: ‘Clear Your Head With The Digital Detox Diet.’ I tried it during the Unplugging Day. I deliberately made the decision to leave my phone at home. The result: it was so liberating! I was unattached and did not worry if someone was going to try to get hold of me or whether I was missing out on important messages or emails.

If you find that you are too busy doing and not allowing yourself to be often enough I highly recommend this book by James Allen ‘As a Man Thinkiest’ and read the section on serenity.

Question: In order to allow yourself to BE more often choose one tip you want to introduce in your life. Which one have you chosen?

 

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