“Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.”
—Thomas Edison, 19th Century American inventor and businessman
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For some of us a new definition of happy hour as we get older is a good nap.
In my most active working years, I always admired the hard driving folks who often boasted about how little sleep they needed.
While coaching top performing professionals over the years, I, however, came to notice that these individuals often suffered in other areas of life without the wondrous restorative effects of adequate sleep.
Without going into all the science, we can rest confidently in the fact that sleep clears out the clutter in both our bodies and minds.
We need and deserve it to step into each new day to realize our full potential.
What requests will you invite into your subconscious as you turn in for the night?
What might you invent with a refreshed and renewed mind and body once you awaken?
We honor life by being present for it. Kiss the joy as it flies.
—Calm App Reflection
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We all know that time flies when you’re having fun. What would be the value of slowing things down to kiss and hug these moments longer and more fully?
To only kiss the joy as it flies is not possible without also honoring the sad and difficult times. If we always wish to sidestep the bad times, we unfortunately miss the good ones.
Consider exploring Susan Cain’s book, Bittersweet to expand your capacity to honor and be more fully present to your life.
“Man is flying too fast for a world that is round. Soon he will catch up with himself in a great rear end collision.”
—James Thurber, 20th Century American cartoonist and playwright
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For many of us the world is moving way too fast these days.
Visualize a dog chasing its tail and replace this image with yourself or others in your communities.
Wendy and I recently visited some friends in New York and found the highways filled with many speed racers, darting between lanes to shave a few extra minutes from their commutes.
We saw a number of accidents which ended up slowing things down anyway, and many police pulling these folks over to fill up their municipality’s cash reserves.
How fast is your world moving?
How often do you feel like you are chasing your tail and about to have a rear end collision with yourself?
“Let go of some things in your life that you worked hard for, but that are now holding you back.”
—Arthur C. Brooks, 11th President of the American Enterprise Institute
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Over the past several years, I have discovered and embraced the wisdom of the adage, Less is More. With two young grandchildren the idea of more love for people and less love of things really hits home.
As we add a new year to the mix, life seems to be accelerating. Spending our time and energy to hold on and maintain previously hard-won victories makes less and less sense with the acknowledgement of life’s impermanence.
Where is it time to let go of things you previously valued? How can your open hands help you grasp far more of what is even more important at this point in your life?
“When spinning out, the only thing to do, as hard as it seems, is to get off the mental merry-go-round.”
—Mark Nepo, poet and philosopher
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The Tilt- A-Whirl is a classic carnival ride found at almost every amusement midway in America. As its platform moves through hills and valleys on the track, the free spinning tubs rotate on an axis.
For people who get dizzy easily, the best coaching is to avoid this cochlear disruption altogether or at least avoid eating beforehand.
Many of us take a mental merry-go-round on a daily basis. We have our ups and downs and we often find ourselves going round and round, always returning to where we began.
Last fall we took our grandson Weston to Sesame Place on a fairly unpleasant day. Most rides — including the merry-go-round — had no lines and we could ride multiple times in a row if we wished. We all declined another spin.
Where is your personal or professional life spinning a bit too fast?
How are you making yourself dizzier through your own mental carnival ride?
What do you need to do to stop or slow down the ride to regain your balance?
Go deeper and immerse yourself in the familiar to see what lies in the deep fields of being alive.
—Calm App Reflection
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Slow down and really take in the world around you. Bring all of your senses to high alert to notice everything anew.
Pretend that you have superpowers of immersion to experience new dimensions of being alive. Imagine having telescopic and microscopic vision as well as supersonic hearing, super tasting and super smelling capabilities, like certain animals that share our world.
How wonderful these new capabilities would be if we would only slow down and look deeper into the familiar.
Where are you currently racing through your life?
Where would slowing down and exploring your world from a more immersive perspective reveal new insights and wonders to enjoy?