Wake up. Beat traffic. Eat right. Work hard. Get fit. Pay bills. Succeed. Impress. Repeat.
Inspirational quotes bark orders at you from your Facebook and Instagram feed…
Don’t follow your dreams, chase them!
Never, ever give up.
It’s meant to motivate you, but your inner dialogue is screaming… I CAN’T DO ANY MORE THAN THIS!
It won’t come as a surprise that stress and distress levels of Australians are on the rise. In fact, according to the 2013 Stress and Wellbeing in Australia Survey, Australians report their general wellbeing as significantly worse than in previous years.
Let’s look at why this could be…
The modern lifestyle is structured for maximum productivity. We use routines and rituals to streamline our day. Some tasks we complete on auto-drive while focusing our conscious attention on more complex ones, and simultaneously planning whatever is coming next. The brain receives a constant flow of data all day. Think about it- new information comes in every single minute! Even once you get home and slump into the couch, your mind is still processing, prioritising and reflecting on the day’s events.
It takes a deliberate effort to clear your mind and turn off this information machine…. But it is worth it.
We all want to follow our dreams, and live a life that is meaningful, to us.
But it’s a bit hard to do that if we’re not in touch with what our dreams even are.
Schedule in some “You” time, so that you can stop, clear your mind and listen to what your heart is craving for.
Athill Singh, long-time yoga and meditation expert and owner of Happy Buddha Retreats hosts weekend getaways for this exact purpose. He says that a retreat can be lifechanging. “It’s a chance to give yourself a break. Eat fresh and healthy cooking, surround yourself with accepting people and encourage each other to make positive changes in your life.”
What is your heart telling you?
Article Written By : Erinn Hartshorne,