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Practice acceptance, balanced habits 4

2 Dec

I feel tired when the alarm goes off, but I have to get up and get ready for work. I could feel annoyed having to wake up when my body wants to stay in bed, and start harboring negative emotions towards the 9 to 6 office life. Instead I accept my tiredness, and promise myself to get to bed earlier tonight. I start slowly getting myself ready for work, giving my body and mind the time it needs to get going.

The train is again packed with people, and I hardly have space to move. I could feel annoyed at the other people of pushing me around, and not giving me the space to read my book. Instead I understand that also others have to go to work, and fully accept the situation. I stand surrounded by my fellow commuters, and start listening to a good podcast.

I get a mail from my colleague, him letting me know that he doesn’t agree with me. I could be annoyed with my colleague, considering him unable to understand my point of view. Instead I remember that all people make sense in their own head, and accept his opinion. I call him to ask more about his mail, to fully understand his point of view.

At the end of the day I have still loads of things that I wanted to achieve. Some work issues are pending, I had promised to organize the holiday pictures, and I haven’t even cleaned the kitchen yet. I could be disappointed in myself, feeling like a loser for not being able to achieve everything. Instead I accept that I also have a limited amount of time and energy in the day, and decide to feel happy about what I did achieve. I accept myself, and feel free!

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Take quiet time, balanced habits 2

18 Nov

While the world still sleeps, I silently walk into my tatami-room. I light 2 candles, letting their soft light to illuminate my surroundings. It’s still early, and the city is quiet.

I sit on my cushion, and close my eyes. Breathing slowly, I watch the air going in and out… in and out. When thoughts pop up, I release them and just return to my breathing. There is nothing in the world except the silence and the breathing.

After a while I open my eyes. I am calm and balanced, feeling at peace with myself. The day awaits me, and I’m ready to face it with acceptance and joy.

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Balanced in 20 minutes, the power of small installments

8 Oct

The biggest reason for failing to live a balanced life is by trying too much. Making grand plans on how you want your everyday life look like is OK, but eventually the only thing that matters is what you do, every day! Start small, and enjoy these small victories of living the life that you want.

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Holiday for the mind and soul, the importance of empty time

23 Aug

Crowded mind can’t hold new ideas! Busy soul won’t have time to live fully! But when did you last let your pace down and create an empty space for yourself?

During the summer vacation I took few days of doing-nothing time in the summer cottage. I wanted to reboot myself, and re-learn the art of being. Staying still and doing nothing was extremely rewarding:

  • the mind-chatter died away, and I felt my brains to relax
  • instead of just recycling my old thoughts, I started getting new ideas & perspectives
  • answers and clarity on questions that I was holding come naturally to me
  • I started enjoying each moment more, and I felt at peace

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Energize yourself at work

22 Jul

The summer in Tokyo, it’s hot. As the country is saving energy and the air-con is turned way down, people are sweating! Due to the heat, I have recently found it hard to keep up my energy-levels during the workday.

To be able to be productive – and to stay awake – I have looking for ways to energize myself in the office. I noticed my feelings of tiredness usually stems with one of the following: Continue reading