I so enjoyed delivering the Mindfulness and Self Compassion retreat last weekend. It was such a simple, gentle day of practise, pausing and coming home to our own inner peace. Thanks to the amazing women who joined me in this (mostly) silent supportive community. Kitty wrote me a note this morning- ‘Thank you Dee for a wonderful experience yesterday…… I hope to deepen my practise’.
What really only dawned on me yesterday is how technology has become not only bearable for me, (I had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the online world), but is also really helping me to stay away from overwhelm and burnout by working smart. I love my work, but it is only a part of my life, and I am more and more interested in slowing down, BEING more than DOING, and living in the moment.
I do not know why yesterday it dawned on me in such a particular way but it did, that my work is not less or a compromise of some kind when it is online. I realised that it is ok for me to be fully present online to a wonderful group of women on our Mindfulness and Self Compassion retreat while I was also on stage by video at a mental health conference, and that I can prepare meditations and teachings to go ‘live’ days ahead which are valuable and appreciated when watched . So today I really feel gratitude for all this support to live my more slowed down life. And I am more passionate than ever about helping other busy women leaders to know that we can be great and impactful, and we can pause, rest and play and BE at least as much as we DO.
If you too would like to acknowledge overwhelm or over busy-ness in your life maybe you will enjoy reading these wise words from John O’Donoghue, slowly and aloud three times.
You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.
Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.
Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.
Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.
Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.
Excerpt from the blessing, ‘For One Who is Exhausted,’
If you would like some help to develop your specific plan for managing stress in your life with the help of technology you might like to book a session with me.
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