Monday, June 9, 2008

Soaring High: Permission to Land?

Lately I've been having conversations in person and via email with some close friends about the nature of time and stress in our lives. Oh yes, it's going to be a deep post. It's funny how there's always a big disconnect between knowing and doing - I know it's fruitless to spend time worrying, but I seem to do it anyway. Those worry-pathways are so well-trod that sometimes it's hard to do anything else but to follow them. This obviously often makes it hard to start a new project or to think about a big move in the future.

Another trend I've noticed in my friends is that high achievers don't cut themselves any slack with an emotional problem rather than an intellectual one. There's a tendency to think "I can clever myself out of this if I just think about it a lot" but it's not like a maths problem - sometimes we can't easily see the answer despite being tres intelligente.

So in thinking about these things, all of which I too am guilty, I found this great post at Zen Habits about being in the moment, and thought I'd share some of the tips they suggest for how to be in the moment.

Tips on Being Present
  1. Do one thing at a time.
  2. Be aware.
  3. Be gentle.
  4. Just sit and meditate.
  5. Exercise.
  6. Daily routines.
  7. There is no failure.
  8. Keep practicing.
I think this is a great list and one which I've tried to stick to. I also really enjoyed this post about forgiveness.

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