Is Your Effort Pulling You in the Wrong Direction?
Are your days fulfilling? I do not mean did you run ten miles, meditate, put out fires at work and respond to all of your emails. If this sounds familiar it may be time to take another look at what is really important to you and your happiness.
Of course we all need money to survive and work is often a necessity, but you are not identified by your job and your daily to-do’s.
If those around you can only describe you by your work and what you have accomplished with your career you are never going to have deep fulfilling relationships.
All to often we get caught up in our careers and neglect those around us thinking that we are doing what is best for ourselves and our loved ones but in reality we are slowly drifting apart.
So why is this so common? Why do so many of us neglect what we are truly passionate about?
Do past failures haunt you?
Does tomorrow’s uncertainty make you worry?
Or do the problems of today overwhelm you?
If left unattended living this life style will eat you up and leave you with little to smile about.
This is why it is so important to have actionable practices that keep us in check. If you do not have the awareness and tools needed to keep you from falling in to this cycle it is easy to get lost. Then you could wake up ten or twenty years later and realize how you missed out on many of the treasures that life presented to you.
It is great to go on a beach vacation, lounge in a hammock and listen to the waves. This will help you become present and it is great for your soul. Most of us unfortunately cannot do this every day.
It is essential for your mental, emotional and physical health that you find time to experience this feeling every day.
Meditation will help you keep in touch with this feeling and keep you focused on what is most important to you and your happiness.
It is never too late to take advantage of meditation and cultivate the practices in to your life style you are never too old to start something new.
There is a book that one of my meditation teachers had me read when I was first starting meditation about 30 years ago. Recently my seven-year-old son has taken to reading and picked this book as one he wanted to explore.
One of the chapters ends with a brief motivational thought that fit’s well with this idea:
“Feel young, forever young, for today I am one day younger than tomorrow; jump high, high and out of the well of ignorance, for I listen to people, go places, and read books.
Feel young, forever young, for today I am one day younger than tomorrow; jump high, high and out of the well of ignorance, for I listen to people, go places, and read books.
Feel young, forever young, for today I am one day younger than tomorrow; jump high, high and out of the well of ignorance, for I listen to people, go places, and read books.”
Take the time and energy needed to stay focused on living and not making a living. Be present and actively pursue the things that will lead to happiness. Build lasting relationships, be considerate to your self and others and meditate.