How to Make Time for Your SoulWritten by Suzanne Falter-Barns
The locust are buzzing. The fireflies flashing, and we can almost swim in Lake Champlain. That means it's just about popsicle weather, which is perfect time to get serious about your dream. There's more daylight, less squeeze in schedules, and more time to connect with your soul.
These are some great ways to tweak your routine to better serve your dream. Dig in before summer slips by. Your heart will thank you!
- Unplug your television. Even better, completely remove it. Or put a lock on it. You can find them at Time Scout or Eyetimer.
- Cancel your subscriptions. Get rid of anything you don't read. I just gave up The New Yorker (which I'd 'read' for 26 years ... or let pile up.) If I can do it, you can, too!
- Make regular 'soul' time every day. If you're a morning person, get up one hour earlier and dig into your projects. If you're a night person, stay up one hour later.
- Time your projects. Determine before you start just how long you're willing to work. Then prepare to be pleasantly surprised when you make your deadline. We used this to write our songs for my new show (see below) and it worked like a charm.
- Don't waste your lunch hour eating. Bring lunch to work, eat it briefly at your desk, and then get out there and do what really matters to you.
- Stop agreeing to do things you don't truly want to do. This includes volunteering, meeting friends and family, and serving on committees.
- Redesign your work schedule. Create one day or several afternoons a week to concentrate on things you really want to do in life. Explore flex-time alternatives in your workplace. Consider telecommuting, working from a home office, or going free-lance with your company.
- Put kids to bed earlier. Establish 'grown up' time, a time zone when all children are in bed (even if they're only looking at books or listening to tapes before going to sleep) and adults get to have a little room to breath.
reflections - sending out loving kindness to the worldWritten by Claire Chapman
It's been an emotional week this week, in a lot of ways. I don't think that there are any of us, reading this, who have failed to be touched by events that happened in London on Thursday, in some way. I was actually in London on Thursday, on an NLP course, in Hammersmith, and as reports started coming in, one of first thoughts was letting my loved ones, friends & family know how I was, and that I was safe and away from trouble. Amazingly on course, we spent some time sending out light ito universe to help with healing of city. It's been a powerful testament to people this week I think way that media has reported on bombs & reaction of people of London. Even in midst of such terror and pain there has been tales of support, sharing, community, and wanting to continue with life. So, a thought for all those who have died, or are ill, and a sharing of community for all of us.
One of most important things I have got from this weeks events is to always speak from heart, in everything that we do. It shouldn't take a major event to do that, but so often it's easier not to have those conversations, or to continue in traditional "English" way of doing things. This week, I'd love you to focus on sharing your emotions with those who are important to you, more we all do this, less likely it is that those who want to spread terror will win. From my heart, and thoughts on event, to yours - I hope you find these tips useful.... ·take time to tell those who are important to you that you love them. Remember that saying, don't let sun go down on an argument? I heard a great continuation of this earlier in week, that when people die we grieve most when we have not told them everything we wanted to say. Who do you need to have conversations with to release that pain? ·Open yourself to positive - spend your time with people who are important to you & who focus on great things that life has to offer ·Notice abundance around you. I regularly share with a friend top 5 things each day that make my day great. What would this mean to you? It can be as simple as a cup of tea, a walk in park or time with family & friends.