I’m in awe of people who get a lot done.
Folks like Tim Ferriss, Cal Newport, and Barack Obama. People whose schedules I know are crazy busy, but still they manage to pump out project after project, or take on seemingly herculean tasks — like running The United States of America (while somehow still managing to follow the ins and outs of the college basketball season? I have no idea has he does it!)
We all have the same amount of time in a day, yet some people seem capable of squeezing every last ounce of productivity out of their 24 hours. Which is why I’m intrigued by the concept of “the morning routine.” Continue reading
Last month I participated in a 30-day meditation challenge.
The idea was simple: Meditate 10 minutes every day for one month.
If the word “meditation” carries too much baggage for you, think of it this way – I was challenging myself to find 10 minutes every day to sit still and just be. This would involve finding the time and space to sit down, close my eyes, and turn off my mind. I could focus on my breath for guidance, but was supposed to let the seemingly constant noise of regular thoughts come and go, without dwelling on them.
When I saw my friend Steve post this challenge on his Facebook page, I knew I had to dive right in. I’ve been wanting to incorporate a regular meditation practice into my daily routine for a while now, since the benefits of skillful relaxation that meditation are hugely appealing. Less anxiety, better moods, feeling calmer in the face of stress and adversity. Who couldn’t use more of that?
Plus, if I couldn’t find 10 minutes every day to prioritize something as simple as being still and shutting up, then there were bigger issues I needed to address. Continue reading
In Part 1, I talked about using a mantra (I am relaxed) to reinforce a positive mindset and state of relaxation. Repeating this positive message to myself over and over throughout the day has helped me see beyond my injured state, and focus on something more productive.
This mantra has been effective, but is admittedly abstract and intermittent. Continue reading
I could feel the stress in my chest. A knot the size of a tennis ball would build up at the top of my ribcage, and just kind of fester. My breathing was shallow, my thoughts were tense. All I could do was think about my knee, the stress, Continue reading
After 18 months of trial and error, I’ve settled on a daily set of rituals that are helping me heal. Even typing those words is a revelation, since for the longest time I was pessimistic there was anything I could do on my own that would help. Continue reading
Live the life I want to live.
That’s my big goal these days. When so many things are taken away from you, even for a relatively short period of time, it changes your perspective and makes you realize how important it is to be true to yourself. Continue reading