"To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation. This creates an endless preoccupation with past and future and an unwillingness to honor and acknowledge the present moment and allow it to be. The compulsion arises because the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.
Time isn't precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time --past and future -- the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is."
--Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
We recently sold out our group coaching Client Accelerator program that launched yesterday! This is a milestone in generating record breaking sales in the history of any business I've had, yet in launching the program, noticed how quickly I started cutting back on my morning ritual routine, bedtime routine, or mindful exercises throughout the day to make more time to work.
At an energy session with one of my coaches, I kept falling asleep. As I grew aware of my body's sensations, I noticed all the pain arising, the headache that just minutes before I was blissfully unaware of in my own numbness. For a moment, I freaked out. IS it possible to make lots of money AND live a balanced life?!
Thanks to my energy coach, she reminded me what great news it was I could actually feel my body's pain--the first step to being present. In the past I would have unconsciously ignored my body's pain, felt numb, and pressed forward to the point where my body would "force" me to stop from sheer exhaustion.
Instead, I am catching it sooner, noticing I need more water, the shoulder pain. I can hear the gentle murmur of my soul's inner wisdom: I love you. Connect within. Please take care of yourself.
Your turn. What's one bold action you can take for yourself?
My action was planning a deliberate staycation mid-summer with my 7 year old and husband--which I'm happy to report is now on the calendar!
How about you?! Please comment below any comments or any bold actions you can take for yourself!
Anna Sun Choi