You mind can’t roam free when it’s cluttered. A cluttered mind is exhausting and will trip you up and slow you down.
Maybe it’s an old to do list, a bill you need to pay, an unread book sitting on your bedside table, a tough conversation, a phone call that needs to be returned.
All this stuff clutters up your mind and sucks energy. Don’t let it fester and take up space. Get it done or let it go.
You can’t outrun your mouth. Eat less. Exercise more.
Pay your medical bills at the grocery store and buy healthy food.
Your metabolism slows down after 40. Eat less the older you get.
Exercise eats stress. Exercise first thing in the morning before the family wakes up.
Don’t check your phone in the morning until you’ve exercised. It’ll keep your cortisol levels down in the morning. Also try to avoid coffee right after you wake up. Drink a glass of water instead.
Eat more vegetarian meals – it’s better for your energy levels and digestion.
Stretch and take deep breaths. It calms the mind and lowers your heart rate.
Do back bends in the morning to energize and front bends in the evening before bed to help you sleep.
Meditate, even for 10 seconds. Do it at your desk, on the train…whenever you become aware of the moment. Take a break, relax your shoulders and jaw. Calm the mind.
Set your own agenda. It creates consistency for others and is habit forming. If you aren’t on your own agenda then you are on someone else’s. Stick to your plan.
You’ll find yourself saying no more than yes…that means it’s working.
Be careful of maybes. A quick no is better than a slow maybe and clears the way for a yes.
Physical pilgrimages are important. I used to think that viewing something digitally was enough and that being there physically didn’t matter, but I’ve learned through traveling that being there physically can accelerate a connection to people and places.
Smells, sounds, people and places all trigger feelings that should be acknowledged and processed. There are places where the energy is palpable like airport arrival halls, Yosemite National Park or returning to the town I was born. In other places the energy needs to be stewarded, nurtured or repaired..maybe it’s been drained or sucked on by too many people or it’s been a place of suffering or pain. It’s hard to feel it without physically being there.
It can’t be experienced remotely via digital doors like Facebook, FaceTime and Skype. Digital connections build relationships and we are more compassionate and connected because of them, but physically being in the place is a different level. It’s about resonating with the frequency of the place and in turn having it resonate with you.
Carve out the time and travel. It stimulates growth in you, and in the people and places you visit.
Twitter is an endless source of inspiration and guidance for creators and artists. Here’s a pearl of wisdom from Brian Koppelman on writing:
Acceptance of our mortality sharpens our focus on being present and enjoying every day. We secretly think we will live forever and bow out when it suits us. That’s the ego telling us we are in control.
We have a limited time in our body. We are all going die. Let that sink in.
Taste the coffee, smell the air, breath deeply and savor every day as it were your last. The acceptance of death increases our day to day joy. What a paradox!
Change the question from ‘what can I get?’ to ‘what can I offer?’ Do it every morning you wake up and try to start every interaction in this frame of mind.