3 Powerful Practices That Can Heal Your Mind!

It is common knowledge that human beings have a mind, a body and a soul. While the body is widely understood and has been studied for many years, the soul remains the subject of speculation and is often relegated to the spiritual realm. The mind is both understood and misunderstood, yet it has many powerful roles it plays in your life.

It is crucial to understand that your mind can actually heal many of the illnesses that you suffer from. When many people hear this, they tend to be skeptical since they cannot understand how the mind would allow the body to bear the burden of disease when the former can heal. The problem is that many of us don’t know exactly how the mind heals the body. What we forget is that there is a process and some practices that will make the healing powers of the mind effective. These practices are the subject of this article.

But how did humanity arrive at the fact that the mind heals? Have you ever heard of the placebo effect? Let me explain. A placebo is a ‘pill’ that contains no medicinal value. When people are given such a pill in the belief that they will be healed, they do in fact end up healed. What is the rationale? It is not the placebo that heals but the belief that it can heal. In essence, the beliefs, thoughts and emotions you hold are very crucial in determining whether or not you will be healed from a certain illness.

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When considering the role of the placebo effect, modern medicine is experiencing a paradigm shift. It is becoming obvious that treating illnesses will take more than conventional medicine and surgical procedures. It is general knowledge that eating a balanced diet, getting some sunshine, fresh air and engaging in physical activity will lead to a healthy life. But you and I know people that follow all these instructions yet still fall unwell.

The fact is that health is more than taking care of your physical body. If you fail to check your mental and emotional conditions, you are likely to become sick just the same as not having a balanced diet or not following the usual health and fitness guidelines. Doctors are discovering that there is more to wellbeing that the lessons learned in medical school and through years of practice.

Medical research indicates that through meditation and visualisation, you can adapt your genetic makeup to make yourself less vulnerable to illnesses. Moreover, even where you are afflicted by an illness, you can significantly accelerate the process of healing by conditioning the mind to believe it can heal your body. In essence, healing is possible through harnessing of the powers of the mind.

Powerful Practices That Promote Healing Through The Mind

Now that we have understood the nature of mind healing, let us delve into a few practices that you can adopt to benefit from this powerful process.

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  1. Intense Imaging

Through your mind, you can create images that resemble what you want to see in real life thus fostering healing. Have you ever imagined something painful or pleasant to the extent that you shed tears even when it was only your imagination? Your mind does not differentiate between imagined and real images. When you focus on a certain issue intensely, your body cells are influenced by the images you choose to hold in your mind and believe in.

What you need to do is to create a belief that will change your situation positively. For example, a sick person should focus intensely on healing and begin to experience associated feelings and emotions. The more powerful images of a healed body that a patient creates and focuses on for long durations, the faster the healing will come.

  1. Heal Restrictive Principles

Your thoughts contribute immensely to your beliefs and the latter are crucial to the type of programming in your mind. It is through your beliefs that you make sense of the stimuli you receive from the external environment. Also remember that even when you are holding powerful positive visualisations and you still hold to your restrictive beliefs, this inherent contradiction will limit healing.

To change this situation, be vigilant of what you think and believe throughout the day. Arrest yourself when you begin to drift into negative thinking. Every time you realise you are thinking negatively, change your wavelength to positive thinking. It does not matter if you had powerful visualisation when you woke up if the rest of the day you are holding to you limiting beliefs.

  1. Heal Emotional Trends and Injuries

Over time, you will accumulate a lot of regrets, anger, anxiety, fear and worry related to your interactions with other people. These negative emotions do not leave you unscathed. Your central nervous system receives this communication and passes the message to the cells. In the same way, when positive events take place in your life and you feel happy, the central nervous system sends the same information. Your emotional state in turn determines your health and the ability of your body to heal.

To change this situation and experience healing, do not deny negative emotions or fight them. Rather, detach yourself from the emotion and observe how it affects you. You will realise that this emotion will come and pass, you don’t need to be engrossed in it. More importantly, learn from negative emotions, practice gratitude in your life and you will see how fast healing will come from your mind into the rest of your body.

With Love,

Your Grace Guru

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Take Control And Say Bye To Stress Today!

One of the most common phenomena in human life is stress. No human being is immune to stress. Experts say that some level of stress in life is necessary. However, when stress builds up to unmanageable levels, it can result in sickness or senseless or even violent behaviour. It is therefore necessary that you become aware of the presence and role of stress in your life, as well as strategies that you can use to overcome it.

Let us look at some of the triggers of stress in your life. Imagine you have had a bad day at work, with your boss harassing you when you know very well you did not commit any mistake. On the way home, your car decides to break down right in the middle of the highway. It takes time before you get a breakdown service to tow your car to the garage. By the time you reach home, it is already late and your spouse will hear none of the reasons you are giving.

The night is long. Since you skipped food, your stomach begins to rumble in the middle of the night. You cannot sleep because your boss wants a solution to the problem you had during the day. The dogs in the neighbourhood decide the will hold a barking competition this very night. Just as sleep begins to invade your territory, that annoying neighbour begins to play loud music. As you reach out for headphones to save yourself from this new form of terrorism, your clock alarm rings to remind you it is time to wake up – or is it to just rise from the bed?

By the time you reach your workplace, you feel like the world is completely on top of your head. The first person you meet will be lucky if you greet them. They might even escape with a few scratches. The entire day will be punctuated by irritability, conflict and mistakes in your work. At the end of the day, if nothing is done, you will arrive home spoiling for a fight with everybody. That is what stress does to you.

Fortunately or unfortunately, you may not even be aware that you are stressed. Many of us think they are having a normal day. Isn’t conflict part of life? Are people not created differently and likely to clash? What we do not know is that something is eating us up inside. Sooner or later the small problems we ignored begin to grow and become a river of stress and internal conflict that we cannot stop. Stress management is the solution but stress awareness is the beginning point.

How Do You Know You Are Stressed?Look Out For The Following Stress Indicators!!

  • Your blood pressure increases uncharacteristically.
  • Blood sugar increases, and this is dangerous if you are suffering from diabetes.
  • Your heart begins to beat faster than normal.
  • Food takes longer to digest – you are likely to have constipation.
  • Your sex drive takes a nose dive.
  • You become irritable and likely to get into clashes with people around you.
  • You lose concentration and begin to multi-task without accomplishing anything in particular.
  • Your immunity decreases and you begin to suffer from colds and other illnesses.

These 15 Practices Will Help To Relieve & Manage Stress Or Anxiety!!

  1. Meditation: This practice brings relief, peace and contentment to the body, mind and soul.
  2. Take a walk: Take time to walk through the woods, along riverbanks and lake shores.
  3. Sleep: Practice sleeping in a dark room for about eight hours daily.
  4. Massage: Have somebody perform body massage on you to relax your muscles.
  5. Music: Listen to your favorite, soothing music.
  6. Sports: Engage in a favorite sport with friends.
  7. Humour: Watch a television program or attend live comedy performances.
  8. Visualisation: Practice visualizing positive images that you would want to see in your life.
  9. Diet: Eat more fruits and vegetables and drink a lot of water while minimising on starches.
  10. Beverages: Avoid caffeinated drinks, carbonated beverages and illegal substances.
  11. Rest: Take time off your busy schedule to visit a quiet place where you can relax.
  12. Family time: Don’t take office work home; instead give time to your family.
  13. Yoga: This is an established exercise regime for rejuvenating the body and mind.
  14. Charity: Find a way to bring relief into the lives of less-privileged people.
  15. Aromatherapy: Internal and external use of aromatic herbs will bring relief.

 

With Love,

Your Grace Guru

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BOOK REVIEW: “A New Earth, Create A Better Life” – Eckhart Tolle

In 2008 Oprah Winfrey declared Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth: Create a Better Life” her club book for that year. For Winfrey to make such a proclamation, this text must have impacted her life profoundly. As a consequence, millions of her followers and other individuals bought this book and forever changed their philosophies about themselves for the better.

The Purpose

In the author’s own words, “The purpose of this book is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or to convince you of anything, but to bring a shift in consciousness, that is to say, to awaken.” He adds, “This book is about you.”

What Will You Gain From Reading “A New Earth: Create a Better Life”?

One of the greatest benefits you will derive from this text is a profound understanding of your ego and why, untamed, it is the greatest source of human suffering and distress. If you are not the religious type, you need not worry because this is not a religious treatise. “A New Earth: Create a Better Life” is the reflections of a very knowledgeable author on the human psyche. Did you know that real happiness is found in immaterial – not material – things?

This book will broaden your perspective and give you nobler motives. The author posits, “Instead of seeing yourself as a famous actor and writer and so on, see yourself inspiring countless people with your work and enriching their lives.”

This was not Tolle’s first book but actually a sequel to another bestseller – “The Power of Now.”  Unlike in his previous work, Tolle adopts a narrative style in ” A New Earth” in order to bring you closer to him and to better share his experiences. In essence, the book is easy to read because you and the writer seem to be in a kind of story-telling session.

Get a copy today!

Are you perplexed by some of the things happening to you and are looking for answers? Are you almost giving up in life? Do you want to understand who you really are and then take control of your life? Get a copy of “A New Earth: Create a Better Life” and you will begin to look at life differently and get some of the solutions you crave so much.

With love,

Your Grace Guru

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Why You Should Be Writing A Journal!

While no one has really proved why we have dreams when we sleep, I subscribe to the theory that it is, in part, the mind’s way of processing the huge collection of thoughts we accumulate in the day. It is a subconscious healing – a kind of cognitive reboot.

We can give our brain a helping hand and discover more about ourselves – our hopes, dreams and fears – by dedicating just a few minutes each day to writing a journal.

Instead of checking Twitter, reading work emails or gazing out of the window in spare moments, dedicate that time to transcribing your innermost thoughts – it will soon become like enjoying a favourite meal.

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Why Write A Journal?

  • It is a healing process. By reflecting on the events of the day, we can train ourselves to avoid negativity and build on the positives.
  • It is important for decision-making. By taking time to analyse the issues of the day, we differentiate the causes from the effects and arrive at logical decisions that we are less likely to regret.
  • It has been proven to help reduce stress, increase self-esteem and help to deal with traumatic experiences – meaning you will learn to shout less at your family members, pets, utensils and the computer as you appreciate yourself!
  • Research has also shown that people who write journals have improved psychological wellbeing and stronger immune systems. Yes, a diary entry a day could keep the doctor away!
  • Do you often go to bed with thoughts running aimlessly through your mind? Writing a few down will help clear the day’s backlog, let you sleep sounder and begin tomorrow with confidence
  • A journal also helps to preserve memories for the future. Prepare to impress everyone with your uncanny ability to put a face to a name!
  • Gain motivation from certain sayings, quotes or snippets of advice? Record your favourites in a journal and reflect on them later.
  • It’s not uncommon to be awoken from a thrilling, vivid dream, full of inspiration, only for the feeling and memories of the dream to quickly fade. By adopting the habit of journal keeping, it will soon become second nature to quickly jot down magical ideas or inventive thoughts. This will ensure you don’t lose priceless wisdom on how to resolve all the world’s problems!

With Love,

Your Grace Guru

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Omg! Where Have You Been Chia Seeds?

OMG!  These ancient black seeds must be the healthiest food on the planet! Amazing benefits for your body and brain with so little calories. Loaded with fibre, high quality protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, various micronutrients and of course antioxidants. It helps you to lower risk of heart disease, high in bone nutrients, improve exercise performance (an easy cheat instead of an energy drink!), lowers your blood pressure, reduces your blood sugar and the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

But don’t think that chia seeds can help you to loose weight! No, no they only to reduce appetite but have no significant effect on your body weight – it has been proved!

Start your day with this delicious and healthy Coconut Chia Seed Pudding Breakfast!

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Delicious!

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Ingredients:

3 tbsp chia seeds
12 ounces Coconut yoghurt ( vanilla optional )
1 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp honey ( organic liquid, can also be Manuka honey )
fresh strawberries or raspberries
coconut chips

Preparation:

1. Mix coconut milk, coconut yogurt, and honey and mix until combined.
2. Add chia seeds and give it a good stir.
3. Divide into three portions and cover with plastic wrap.
4. Let sit for 1 hour or until set.
5. Decorate with fresh berries and coconut chips.
6. Feast on and enjoy!

You can even enjoy this mouthwatering pudding as afternoon treat or dessert!

With love,

Your Grace Guru

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Everyone, Snooze In Style Now!

Do you want to have better and fast reactions and be mentally clear? Do you like to look younger yes, we all want to look younger, silly question ,not only your skin but your brain too?

A good and deep night sleep ( no dreams allowed if possible some part of the night ) will definitely slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, change frequency of your brain waves and lower the famous stress hormone cortisone.

So get ready and prepare yourself for a good night sleep! Here are few of my favourite tips that always help me to improve the quantity and quality of my sleep!

I also find it helps me to calm down after a busy busy day and stops my mind from thinking, worrying, creating new ideas and making plans for the next day, week or whatever is about to come next!…

1. Make sure your bedroom is free from clutter, TV, phones and computers! No tech stuff around you when you sleep, the radiation is really bad for your health, it interferes with your body¹s circadian rhythm and not only sleep!

2. Set a bedtime regime to go to bed, from deducting eight hours from the time you need to wake up.

3. Get blackout curtains or a sleep mask! It is important not to stop our melatonin production during the night as the light is entering our eyes.

Buy it now!

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4. Blue colours are nice to use in your bedroom, like for walls, art works, furniture … just where your eye falls when you are in bed! Blue is very calming and helps to drop your heart rate and blood pressure and has a drowsy effect on the body and mind! Check out my fab fav below!

Snooze in style…

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5. Write a journal before falling a sleep, it will help to calm your thoughts and mind! I always find that when you write you worry less! it helps to not forget things you need to do for the next day or helps to reflect away any important thoughts. Just write it down and allow the thoughts leave your mind. And it will make your eyes tiered! I love journals and diaries!

Check out my favourite journals…

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6. Eat some food that has tryptophan! Tryptophan is a much absolute must! It is an Amino acid that is needed for general growth and development, producing niacin and creates seratonin within your body. Serotonin is needed to produce healthy sleep and a stable mood. It can help you to feel more sleepy, calm and relaxed! The recommended dosage is per kilogram 4mg of body weight, so don’t over eat! I am a huge fan of pumpkin seeds! Try it…

Pumpkin Seed Craze..

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7. How about a good night meditation? I love falling asleep listening to beach waves, it gives me so much relaxation! Check out my post with my top 10 apps! Just download the application, set up a timer and listen to your favourite sounds you can choose anything from a rain forest, wind, mountain lake or plain of wheats.

8. Money Money Money!! Spend your money better and invest in a SAD lamp! Wake up with natural sunlight which will make you wake up with a good mood, make it easier to get out of bed and eases you into the day! Not ideal if you are wearing a sleeping mask…. but much better to wake up with a natural sunlight then with a crazy alarm buzzzzz! I recently purchased a fab Philips model…

Buy your own natural sunlight here!

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9. Take a relaxing bath with aroma oils or salts to clear your mind and to calm down after a busy day. My favourite products for this type of relaxation are from Space NK! Discover something new, try them out Grace Guru says Relax!

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Good night folks!

With love,

Your Grace Guru

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Success For A Woman 101

I grew up listening to the cliché, “behind every successful man is a woman.” You and I have heard it repeated countless times, especially when a successful male entrepreneur, political leader or professional are being honoured. The woman gets a mention for her support for her man. But it is just that – a mention.

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Have you ever taken time to ask yourself whether the wife, girlfriend or lover of a successful man is also successful? If we phrased the threadbare statement the other way round would it still be valid and acceptable to society? This is what I mean: Behind every successful woman is a man.

I guess you will have a problem agreeing with this statement especially if you consider the history behind successful women you know. Very few, if any, successful women can attribute their prosperity to men. I want to state this from the onset because I intend to discuss other approaches to success for a woman with no man involved, at least not significantly.

Tested and proven strategies that bring success to a woman…

The approaches I will suggest here are not silver bullets towards success for a woman. They will not yield success overnight. Do not expect that you will miraculously wake up successful simply because you followed what I am proposing in this article.

I have endeavoured to study successful women and to come up with the principles that most of them used to arrive at their current statuses. There is no particular formula or way of succeeding. How you mix and match these principles is largely dependent on you and you alone.

These principles have been used by women entrepreneurs, actresses, musicians, talk show hosts, TV personalities, sportswomen, politicians, academicians and women in all careers you know of. Each of them has found success in their own ways.

 Here are 12 crucial principles that result in success for a woman:

1. Meditate Regularly

It is unfortunate that many of us associate meditation with yoga and conclude that because we are not Indians or Buddhists, meditation is not our thing. What many women do not know is that meditation is not a preserve of any religion. Anyone can and should meditate.

Most successful women have regular meditation sessions. They take time to connect with their inner self. When you meditate, you take time off from your daily activities, create some quiet time, and imbibe positive energy.

Make meditation part of your life. That is what you need to interact effectively with colleagues, customers, your boss and family members. Further, after a hard day’s work, you need to tap into your inner reserves to get the energy you need to work on other projects.

  1. Take One Day At A Time

Success for a woman comes after a hard day’s work. There is no genuine success that will come your way of you don’t work for it. It is crucial therefore that you take every day as it comes. The trouble of a single day is enough for that day. Why try to deal with yesterday or tomorrow on the present day?

Plan your day and handle what is humanly possible. That is what success for a woman entails. Remember there is that child waiting for you at home, or there will be at some point. Juggling between your family, career and societal demands is challenging, but if you want to be successful, you must live one day at a time.

  1. Adapt To Situations

Success for a woman means getting into many situations that demand different attitudes and reactions. Such situations arise at work, at home, in business negotiations, in the social scene and so on. How will you balance different situations?

To be regarded as a successful woman you must be ready to face the good days as well as the bad ones. The mark of a great woman is the ability to come out happy and triumphant at the end of whatever situations you are facing.

  1. Learn To Shift Your Mental Focus

Success for a woman requires a lot of deliberate mental effort. For example, what happens when there are unpleasant issues confronting you and you feel you cannot get rid of them? Remember if you had a bad day at home it is possible to come with those feelings to work and project them on others.

The solution lies in shifting your thoughts to something pleasant. It is not an easy task, but it is necessary. Even when unpleasant thoughts invade your mind at night think about the things that make you happy e.g. your children, travel or shopping. Concentrate on your previous success to find motivation for current challenges.

  1. Set Priorities

When pursuing success, it is possible for a woman to forget that she is just human. Many times, a woman chews more than she can swallow. The multiplicity of tasks and roles that must be accomplished can befuddle you to the point of losing focus. The temptation to multitask is high.

Successful women know how to prioritize. After all, you have only 24 hours to perform your tasks and almost a third of this time will be spent sleeping. The best strategy in this case is to prioritize. List all the tasks that you have to do and rate them in order of importance and urgency. Do not let what you can do tomorrow affect what needs to be done today if you want to be a successful woman.

  1. Excel At What You Do

Success for a woman comes through excellent performance. I am not talking about perfection, but doing your best in whatever you do. In a world where women are considered inferior to men in many societies, nothing beats a woman who knows her trade and accomplishes with the highest level of expertise.

The best strategy to overcome negative comments and reactions to your roles and position as a woman is to work diligently and deliver quality services and products in whatever you are tasked to do. People will respect you for your accomplishments and will find it hard to find excuses to discriminate against you.

  1. Watch What You Eat

You are what you eat. I know you have heard this so many times before that you wonder why I have to repeat it here. The question is: do you believe you are what you eat? There is an obesity epidemic and many women are practically disabled or are at the risk of imminent death because of poor eating habits.

Success for a woman demands that she eats a balanced diet. Kindly discard those sweet but nutrient-deficient fries from your diet. Those hamburgers, soft drinks and salty foods that you eat in excess are not the diet of successful women. You need to have a healthy body to function optimally, and it starts with your choice of diet and the times you when you take your meals.

  1. Exercise Regularly

The modern successful woman is confronted by a unique but delicate situation. Our foremothers (is there is anything like that) worked in farms or performed manual duties while their husbands went out to look for food and other necessities. Today, the workplace is more of a stationary desk with a computer where almost all transactions are carried out. The proliferation of lifestyle diseases is the dreadful repercussion of this lifestyle.

Success for a woman means not only eating well but also exercising the body. You need to go out and practice yoga or run regularly. Alternatively, you can attend a gym and exercise under the guidance of a fitness trainer. Endeavor to stretch out your body and overcome excess weight / fat. Working out rejuvenates your body and mind while nourishing your skin and making it look younger and healthier.

  1. Don’t Try To Please Everyone

Bill Cosby, the great American comedian was once asked to give his secret of success. He retorted that he did not know the secret of success but he knew the one for failure. “The secret of failure is trying to please everybody,” he said. That is timeless wisdom on having your own principles and adhering to them.

Successful women set their goals and set out to achieve them. They do not bother doing what others want. Remember you cannot please everybody because everyone will want you to meet a different set of expectations. You will end up not pleasing anybody and will create more enemies.

  1. Listen To Critics To Know Where To Improve

Do you get exasperated by people talking negatively about you and wonder when they will stop? Yes, they will, but that will be when they have bid your farewell as you transit to the next world. Successful women know that people must talk about them and a great chunk of what is said will be negative.

Your work is not to bother with the negatives. Rather, listen to what is being said with an eye for improvement. People don’t discuss issues or objects that have no significance. The fact that they are talking about you is enough evidence that you have impacted their lives. Gather what is important from their criticism and find ways to incorporate it in your plans without informing them.

  1. Watch Less TV

You might be wondering what is wrong with me or what my problem is with TV. You may be the type of woman that cannot do without a soap opera or that addictive movie series. Probably you are the political type that must watch news and political analyses without fail. But have you ever wondered what value TV has in your life.

The most successful women list TV as a non-priority. Instead of spending the entire day watching other people acting and making money, successful women engage in other productive pastimes. For example, they read inspirational books or those that relate to their professions. Leave TV to the average achiever or non-achiever. Live such that you can be the subject of a TV program, not the viewer.

  1. Keep A Circle Of Genuine Friends

You are a human being and human touch is very important for your success. You need to have a circle of genuine friends in all spheres of your life, be it professional or social. You need people who can listen to you, offer advice, critique you constructively or simply be there for you.

To be successful, you need people who feel you. They must be people who share your ideals. I am not just talking about your family. You need more than that. This circle of friends will keep you motivated and informed. Successful women do not succeed alone. I need to conclude by saying that behind every successful woman are these twelve principles and especially a clique of genuine friends.

 

With love,

Your Grace Guru

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Better Your Life – Stop Being A Busy Bee!

In the quest for a better life, people hustle every day. It appears to be a virtue and a reason to rejoice for you to be busy throughout your life. Busyness has become the norm to the extent that we think it is mandatory to be engaged in some kind of activity all the time. But is that really true?

Understandably, in a world where economic conditions do not favour the majority, those who idle around or want to live on the generosity of others or the state are frowned upon. You and I know people who have two or three jobs. Such individuals sleep for a few hours as they try to get as much money as possible to make ends meet. But is that the ideal life?

I want to suggest that none of us likes being so busy that we fail to enjoy even the money we work so hard to earn. Busyness is not what many of us want to portray it to be – a virtue and something to be proud about. We do it out of necessity.

Reversing the ‘Busyness’ Trend

Did you know it is possible to earn a living, start living and still avoid glorifying busyness? Here’s how:

  1. Living in the Present

Being busy does not negate the fact that you have a real life that encompasses family, friends, interaction, pastimes and challenges. Your family, friends and community need you and you need them equally. Life is not all about working ceaselessly. You must create time for people and institutions that encourage and motivate you through your daily struggles and challenges.

Living in the presence means that you recognise the roles other people play in your life. It implies reaching out to your children, partner and other relatives in mutual support. It means participating in the life of your community and reaching out to the less fortunate. None of these ideals can be achieved when you are engaged in endless activity.

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  1. Avoid Multi-tasking

I once heard that women are better at multitasking than men. I used to consider multitasking a virtue – not any more. You and I know mothers who spend time on social media when they return home after a busy day. This despite the fact that the parent has been away at work most of the day; the kids were in school, and the only time they have to interact is spent by the parent surfing the internet.

Next time you go to a restaurant, take time to observe what people on the same table, who came together to socialize, are doing. More time is spent looking one’s phone as opposed to talking with each other. Multitasking is a form of busyness and it is killing relationships at a very high rate. Why not set the phone aside and look at your partner as you engage in productive communication?

Me and my friends have set up kind of a rule, we don’t put our mobile phones on the table when having breakfast, lunch or dinners together. Only if there is something urgent and we expect an important call. It is really important that we spend a good time together and connect with each other!

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  1. Remember to Attend to Yourself

Being busy most of the time robs you of the most important person – yourself. I really don’t know what exactly people mean when they tell one another to take care. Is it about security or body hygiene? What is clear, though, is that unless you attend to yourself you will soon lose the steam and health to be busy.

Those who own cars understand the importance of fueling and regular service. Why then do we forget to take care of the very body, mind and soul that make our busyness possible? Take time off and spend it with yourself, you will discover so much. Pamper the body by eating a balanced diet and exercising. Look for the best lotions and perfumes to moisten your skin. Never forget to meditate and connect spiritually with the Supreme Being and your fellow beings.

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  1. Delegate Tasks

At the risk of appearing to be delivering an academic lecture, allow me to remind you that you are not everything in this world. Your company needs you but you are not indispensable. The institution you work for was there before you and will continue to operate the day after you are laid to rest at the cemetery. In essence, life can and will go on without you. Your busyness will not save you from the fact that time a time will come when you will have to exit.

Learn to share out tasks instead of attempting to do everything yourself. There are many other employees working under you or with you who have the same or similar responsibilities. Younger workers also need to learn how to perform the tasks you are carrying out. Hallo? There is something called succession management! Even in your own business, your children need to learn so that they can take over when you are too old to work or when your turn comes to join your ancestors in the next world.

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Before you become a workaholic with no social life, remember the following:

  1. You cannot carry the entire world on your shoulder. Busyness will not help you to solve all the problems of an organisation or family.
  2. Your body has a limit. It cannot work forever and regular periods of rest are necessary for you to operate maximally the following day.
  3. You are a social animal. You need others and they need you. Being busy is akin to severing a limb from your body.
  4. Busyness exhausts your body and the more you work in this state, the less productive you become.

  1. Your life is more important than material belongings. What you need is a sense of belonging to a family or community. Busyness is vanity.
  2. When your history is written, you will be remembered for what you did to change peoples’ lives and not how much money you earned.
  3. You are part of a community. You are either an asset or a liability. The best way to become an asset is to participate in communal events.
  4. Stop glorifying busyness. Don’t talk about being busy as if it is winning a billion dollar lottery.
  5. Develop a program for your life and determine to have more time for yourself, your family and the community.
  6. Remember you only live once and there will be no rehearsal. Don’t wait for the time you will be less busy to take care of other important matters because that time will never come.

I did struggle with being very busy especially when I just started my business 10 years ago. I was and still am very ambitious, but I forgot and didn’t know about how to take care of my body, spirit and mind at the time. But after a while, when loosing the control, social life and not paying attention to my family, thanks god I have reacted and started looking for how to balance it all. Today I must say meditation and taking time off for myself and with friends/family is great benefit for me and everyone who is around myself to! I can proudly say that!

With love,

Your Grace Guru

xxx

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