Take a few breaths each day and breathe. Smell the scents of nature. Take a few minutes and do NOTHING.
Today’s children live in an intense society filled with images of violence, unhealthy competition, hectic schedules, pressure to succeed prematurely, and unrealistic expectations to behave like miniature adults.
Kids are kids and they need years of innocence for exploring, fantasizing and creating in a secure and nurturing environment. The challenges of raising children to succeed in this ever-changing, fast-paced world are significant. Since they learn by our actions and listen to our words, children need to see adults take time to nourish themselves.
Together as a community we need to realize that we must actively and attentively prepare our children socially and emotionally to live in the society we have created.
Here are just a few examples of some common phrases in today’s society. I invite you this autumn to use the energy of the season and take time and reflect on what your actions and words are exhibiting to our future leaders:
“I am stressed”
Stress is normal –Life is a gift, be grateful for all the moments in your life. Each moment presents to you an opportunity to change an inefficient pattern or to bring you joy; be present to the unfolding of each day. Always know you have a choice on how you respond to a situation, that you have the means within you to act in ways that are truly supportive to your well-being. You have more than enough to make your day a wonderful day.
“I am so busy”
Busy is natural –Making time in your day to relax and enjoy just being with the people you love, letting those moments take on a life of their own, is important as are mindful listening and mindful speaking. Don’t glorify the word busy; realize those are simply choices you make and can always choose a gentler, quieter path. Always make your happiness the most important thing for you.
“I don’t have time”
There aren’t enough hours in a day –Be grateful to have a set of brand new 24 hours ahead of you each morning and you can choose to make it a wonderful day. Act in ways that support your health and well-being, listening to the voice of your social and emotional intelligence within you.
“This is my week”
Life is about structure and sameness –It is important to nurture your curiosity, to explore, to find what you are passionate about, what it is that makes you unique, as that is what you are here to do in this lifetime. Sampling new things throughout your life is important as you are an evolving being. As humans we have the capacity to learn new things until our last breath; learning and curiosity are what will keep you young. There are many wonderful things in life that are just waiting for you to discover.
“Where’s my phone?”
To relax you need to be with a group of people – Always take time to enjoy just being with yourself. Those will be essential moments in your life as your greatest wisdom will come to you during those times when you stop and listen to your intuitive self. This gentle voice is always there for you to listen to as it acts from a place that is paramount to your health and well-being. Happiness is not found through others, it is an inside job. Your soulmate is within you.
Bring more awareness this autumn season to your own balance and inner harmony; realize you have more than enough to make each day a wonderful day. Then watch it ripple out to everyone you hold dear and beyond.
Points to ponder…
I’m curious…what would happen if tv shows held less value and social media was about stopping by and visiting each other and sharing a cup of coffee/tea or calling that person on the phone to hear their voice so we would be present for them completely.
If we lived by a framework that made our happiness and well-being the most important thing, I wonder what might happen to the labels that we so readily want to put on ourselves and others to define or classify them… especially our future leaders.
Walk with me,