Posts Tagged 'tips for contentment'
Tags: time management, tips for contentment, understanding time
Tags: famous quotes, inspirational quotes, intentional living, love, quotes, quotes to inspire, tips for contentment
Quote for Intentional Living
Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness.
Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.
Tags: famous quotes, finding happiness, inspirational quotes, intentional living, personal change, quotes, quotes for intentional living, quotes to inspire, tips for contentment
Tags: anxiety, anxiety attacks, self-care, stress, tips for contentment
Intense anxiety, such as in Panic Attacks, can be scary and can undermine your ability to live a happy and productive life. But even mild unnecessary anxiety can interfere with your day-to-day contentment and peace of mind. Some amount of anxiety in normally provocative situation is to be expected, but when there is no apparent or reasonable cause, feeling anxious is an unwelcome and troublesome experience.
Here are some tips for reducing everyday stress and anxiety that just make sense for improving your general health:
- Try to exercise regularly, whether it is in an organized or competitive sport or simply walking briskly for at least 30 minutes several times a week. You should challenge yourself “just a little” in terms of distance and pace, but don’t over do it.
- Reduce your intake of caffeine and sugar.
- Eliminate or reduce your use of alcohol and illegal drugs.
These simple self-care steps are the beginning of any serious treatment for anxiety, and for these you don’t need a professional to talk you through them! So go ahead and take better care of yourself, and reduce your stress and anxiety as a benefit.
Tags: child soldiers, intentional living, ishmael beah, tips for contentment
In his recounting of the tragedy of children soldiers during the civil war in Sierra Leone, titled A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah tells of his descent into thoughtless violence and then his rehabilitation and re-emergence into the society of caring people. As several reviewers stated, it is a “mesmerizing and heart-breaking” account of something that is very wrong in our world today. Within the pages of this incredible story, Beah gives us insights into the gentle and compassionate thinking that reflected his home culture before it was torn to it’s basest elements by unspeakable acts of inhumanity.
He quotes a village elder from Kabati who, when Beah was a small child, repeated to everyone he met that “We must strive to be like the moon.” Beah’s grandmother explains that “the adage served to remind people to always be on their best behavior and to be good to others. She said that people complain when there is too much sun and it gets unbearably hot, and also when it rains too much or when it is cold. But, she said, no one grumbles when the moon shines. Everyone becomes very happy and appreciates the moon in their own special way. Children watch their shadows and play in its light, people gather at the square to tell stories and dance through the night. A lot of happy things happen when the moon shines. Those are some of the reasons why we should want to be like the moon.”
Every culture, each society, has similar cautionary and inspirational tales in their music, literature, poetry and art. There are many signs and hints for us that point to simple ways to live that result in contentment and peace-of-mind. Look around you for those signs, sayings, musical phrases that inspire you toward more Intentional Living, and consider actually LISTENING to (and putting into practice) their message. And remember, these ideas for gentle and peaceful living may be found anywhere. The setting need not be one of lofty and over-powering ambiance. As Paul Simon famously sang… “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls.”
Moving toward Intentional Living strategies often takes only small yet incremental steps, taken with thoughtfulness and determination, guided by a quiet inner voice.
Tags: tips for contentment
If Love is a magician…
Then surely Time is a thief. What can be easily stolen from you when you’re flying though life at breakneck speed is also easily brought back into focus, and back into your daily living. What is required is simply to slow down. Seems to fly (flying again) in the face of reason, doesn’t it? If we move more slowly, take a little more time with some things, won’t we be getting less done? Less? OMG! (as the texters say). How can that be good? Isn’t that like losing even more time?
No. It’s more like sometimes (not even always) “sipping” time instead of gulping, and perhaps tasting a little more quality, a little more meaning, and a little more joy. And much more contentment. Here are a few simple tips , ones you already know, but perhaps haven’t yet put into practice:
- Learn to see your slow moments, your “times out” as worth planning for and scheduling. Ever find your appointments, events, meetings both business and casual, and tasks so packed that you have no flexibility? You’ve been putting things into your schedule for weeks or months without thinking about it. Suddenly you realize that your next 60 days is completely over-booked! If you begin to look ahead and actually write in your break times, your few hours or few days here and there that you can keep relatively light or completely unscheduled, then you will always have some down-time to look forward to, and some flexibility in your schedule should compelling invitations or tasks come up.
- Revise your “To-Do” list into 2 lists: a MUST DO, and a CAN DO. This way you are sure to get to the MUST list and not find yourself forced to give up your planned time for reading or walking, or for tending your orchids in the kitchen window. The CAN list is a part of deciding how to use your time, but these items should not be ones that cause more immediate problems if not taken care of. They may need to get done, but can wait a little while. There are children, parents, family and friends you could spend some extra time with, or maybe play with your pet, instead of feeling driven to complete the “can do” list.
- Watch your driving speed. The numbers on your speedometer are not only telling you something about your car. They also are telling you something very important about yourself! Are you moving too fast? If so, slow down. Getting used to a reasonable pace while behind the wheel will do wonders for helping you to pace yourself more generally. It changes your approach to how and when you blend in, and when you stand out. Slowing down conserves energy, yours and the planet’s, and allows for more consideration before making decisions, whether about changing lanes or changing banks.
- Look around as you move about in your usual environment. Look at things you usually rush past, perhaps an old photograph on a table or a small clutch of wild flowers near the curb. Your world will feel richer if you notice more of what’s in it.
It all sounds simple; and it is. Mainly because each of these is something you can do on your own with no additional costs or resources. By helping you to re-capture some of your time, these small changes will help you to make small but meaningful changes in your health and happiness, and will give the thief only what is his due.
Quote by James M. Barrie: “You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.”