Understanding Your Daily Focus
Hello Fellow Seekers!
Here we are the week before the holiday craziness begins, and for some of us the last chance we have to breathe and enjoy a quiet moment to ourselves before the beginning of next year. At this time of the year, when free time is at a premium it is even more important to take some time out of our busy schedule, to take a moment to breathe, focus, take time for ourselves, and to enjoy the stillness around and within us.
So before we lose our minds, moments, and waistlines to another holiday season, let’s use this week’s Daily Focus to take time for ourselves and enjoy a moment’s silence.
“Do something nice for yourself today. Find some quiet, sit in stillness, breathe. Put your problems on pause. You deserve a break.” –Akiroq Brost
As we get nearer to the holidays we usually start thinking about what others will want or need and we put our own needs on the back burner. Whether we are trying to figure out the perfect gift, planning a meal that will take everyone’s dietary needs into consideration, or even trying to determine how to keep the peace around the table when there are unspoken but all too obvious tensions, our thoughts are always running around in our heads. We will be able to manage all of that much easier if we take regular breaks to center, breathe, and put all those issues and plans on pause. Even if you only give yourself ten minutes a day, that will at least be ten minutes of nothing but peace for you, and peace is a most beautiful gift. Today’s word is Respite.
“Find a moment of stillness. Give your heart a chance to tell you where you really need to be.”
One way to find that ever-elusive sense of stillness comes from knowing your heart, but to do that you need to listen to it in the first place. The busyness of our daily lives has a tendency to make that very difficult and it can make the stillness feel a bit uncomfortable and unfamiliar. Give yourself time to get reacquainted with that quiet place and see what your heart is telling you. Today’s word is Peacefulness.
“Love and peace of mind do protect us. They allow us to overcome the problems that life hands us.” –Bernie Siegel
In a world that is coming at us from all angles all the time, it is a balm to the soul to have those people and places that can soothe and protect us. Creating a home that is a sanctuary is one way of creating that protective shield for ourselves, and surrounding ourselves with those who genuinely care for and about us is the other part of that equation. When we have both a place to recharge and people that we can lean on, we can face almost everything that the world throws at us. Today’s word is Haven.
“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” –Audre Lorde
I often use the analogy of being a teapot when I talk about self-care. If we are the teapot always pouring out our time and care for others, at some point that pot will be completely empty and of little good to anyone, even ourselves. There is nothing selfish in taking care of yourself and putting your needs at the top of the list, every so often. It is all about balance. Today’s word is Pamper.
“Tranquility is a choice. So is anxiety.”
I know that things happen that we have no control over. We sometimes face challenge after challenge and it can be quite a trial to get through it all; however, how we face those things is very much in our control. If we approach a difficult situation with anxiety, we may feel that finding a solution eludes us, making it even more problematic to deal with. Next time, try taking a moment to still those fears and anxieties, and come at those challenges that the Universe is giving you from a place of stillness and see if you can navigate those waters more easily. Today’s word is Choices.
“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” –Sydney J. Harris
If you find your shoulders have found a permanent position somewhere near your ears, that your neck feels more like cement than flesh, and you tense up every time your phone alerts you to a call, text, or message, then the time to relax is most certainly upon you, and.in spades! We can always spare a couple of minutes to decompress and take a breath, especially when you are being pulled in multiple directions. Never let schedules or datebooks steal away your chance to breath and recharge. Today’s word is Timely.
“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” –Deepak Chopra
At this time of year, ordinary problems can either take a backseat to the ones that come with the stress of the season, or at least seem to be compounded by them. The important thing to keep in mind is that problems will always seem magnified when we are stressed, and being able to view all of the craziness with a tranquil soul and perspective can help us to determine which issues we should address first and prioritize the rest. Today’s word is Objectivity.
With a little forethought and plenty of self-care, we will all get through the upcoming holidays with our sanity intact and a plethora of wonderful memories.
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