by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta
When was the last time you did something you’ve never done before and then wondered why it took so long for you to discover this new experience?
I just went to a yoga class and my body is asking why I didn’t do this a LONG time ago. Don’t get me wrong. I exercise (although not as much as I should.) I take long walks (but not as much as I’d like.) And I’ve even tried meditation (did you know that means NOT talking for an extended period of time???) But yoga – this was something else altogether. It was pure, joyful peace. And I realized something. I don’t have near enough peace in my life.
Can you relate? So I thought about why “peace” seems to elude me. “Easy,” I answered myself. I have too much to do, too many people depending on me, too many things left on the list, too many ideas not acted upon and too little time. Now that the excuses were all out of the way, I asked myself the question again.
“Connie, why, in this crazy, stressful world have you not made a commitment to discover a sense of peace –even just a teeny bit–more often?”
Unfortunately, my answer was not one I liked at all. The simple truth? I had not made discovering a sense of peace a part of my life plan. My plan consisted of writing new books, developing new topics, creating new business strategies, learning new information, nurturing the important relationships in my life, and staying healthy. But these all require a lot of THINKING and CREATING and CHANGING and RE-INVENTING and constant ACTION.
What I forgot to include in my plan was how to stay calm, silent, focused and content. In my attempt to develop ACTION plans, I forgot to integrate a plan for NON-ACTION. Are we all so busy that we forget to PLAN how NOT to be busy? Maybe being inactive doesn’t come naturally at all anymore. Perhaps, like me, it will have to be on the “to-do list” just to make sure it finds its rightful place in our otherwise, very stressful, complicated, and busy life.
I do know this. I do NOT want “busy” to define who I am. I want more balance. I need more balance. My body, mind and spirit CRAVE more balance. So now it’s on my life/business agenda–yoga again tomorrow morning at 9:30. I feel peaceful just thinking about it.
Where do you find your peace? Does it need to be a part of your plan for life? If so, put it on your list NOW! Your body and mind will thank you.