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Just because we can work really hard to make more money doesn't mean we have to or that we should. We get to choose. We forget that, though, and that's how we end up working 60-hour weeks and wondering when we'll ever get another vacation.
Insert mindfulness here.
Instead of mentally listing all your bills, your future obligations with kids going to college or your retirement plan, veer away from knee-jerk rationalization about your chosen squeeze and watch what happens when you ask: "What matters most?" and "How can I get that while truly enjoying every day?"
Now, I'm not saying you have to change a thing. But simple process of asking is a powerful eye-opener. And really, that's what mindfulness is all about--gaining perspective.
Don't shy away from squeeze vs. juice question. Ask, and keep asking. And make sure you're sipping that tasty juice every single day.
Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse and the owner of Real-World Mindfulness Training. She and her husband are in the process of moving to Mexico (with two of their four teenage daughters) where they will take advantage of the latest technology in order to work virtually. To follow their adventures, visit http://www.MassageYourMind.com.