This is the time of year when the excitement about New Year’s resolutions usually starts to fade away.
I recently wrote about why this year I am focusing on creating practices instead of setting goals: to avoid the pitfalls that make so many people quit.
One of my practices, the one I am focusing on for the first three months of the year, is to engage in daily activities that connect me to my body and to the present moment for a couple of hours.
I started really small: my first steps were to take ten conscious breaths and one…
Every time I set yearly goals, I end up either forgetting them, changing them, or quitting them altogether.
Why does this happen?
My theory is that my goals are either too complex, too many, not clearly actionable or not completely under my control.
I remember setting goals in past years such as “earn X amount of money” or “get X amount of email subscribers”. When you first look at these goals they might seem clear and specific; but when you take a closer look, you find they are problematic because of the following reasons:
After meditating for 45 minutes a day for almost two years, I recently dropped the habit.
If you ask me why, I struggle to find an answer. Meditation is probably in my top three life priorities, which makes it even weirder that I quit.
So, what happened?
I thought about all the possible reasons.
Maybe it’s because work takes up so much of my time and mental space recently. Maybe my social media addiction and my caffeine consumption removed all my concentration power. Or maybe I’m just tired and unmotivated.
So I tried all the solutions I could come up…
In a recent conversation, a friend of mine used a great metaphor to describe how he’s been feeling lately: as if he is driving a complex spaceship full of levers and buttons and decisions to make, but feeling a desire to switch to an automatic car where all he has to do is steer the wheel and remember to pull the hand break every once in a while.
The next day, a student in one of my courses said that he feels like he is always in “go” mode, always in the element of fire, and he needs more Earth…
If your work involves sitting down at the computer for most of the day, you probably understand the special kind of muscle stiffness that comes with it.
It’s not that you’re unfit. You exercise (kind of) regularly, and you’re in better shape than a lot of your friends.
But you still get the back pain and the neck tension. You still struggle to lose weight, despite the exercise. You still feel tired most of the time. Exercising still feels like a chore.
And the thing is, you don’t just want to be moderately fit: You want to be stronger, more…
For the past two days I haven’t been feeling my best.
There have been some struggles and disappointments at work and I felt mentally exhausted. My brain couldn’t think or create anything anymore. I didn’t feel like doing anything at all.
So I allowed myself to do just that.
I allowed myself to sleep for as long as I wanted (which ended up being 10 to 12 hours each night). …
You have been together for a while.
Things are not as they used to be. You don’t kiss or touch so often anymore. You’ve gotten used to each other’s presence, and the butterflies are long gone.
You co-exist peacefully (most of the time), and you agree that you have a good relationship — better than most.
But somewhere there, deep down, you feel the disconnection that’s been gradually creeping in. Not because you don’t love them, but because time-inflicted habituation and life’s general busyness have desensitized you to the power of everyday gestures of affection.
But sometimes, when you watch…
My alarm rings and I get out of bed.
I wash my face, drink some water, and stretch. Then, I open my laptop, I take a deep breath, and I start typing today’s journal entry.
I might write about my anxiety and my deepest fears. I might process and brainstorm my most current and exciting ideas. Occasionally, I will analyze recent events in my life, set myself new goals, or reflect on my own character flaws. Sometimes, I just express gratitude. …
A few weeks ago, my partner and I went through a challenging time in our relationship.
Our moments of fun and connection gave way to complaints and barely contained tears. Our morning walks together, once a source of laughter and connection, became dangerous minefields of mutual triggers. Every day we had emotionally charged conversations that’d be reason enough for many couples to break up.
We thought about possible causes. Maybe it was because we worked and lived together and needed more time apart. Maybe it was because I had been feeling unusually anxious lately, and he was tired and overworked…
I often have so many ideas in my head that I feel bad that I can’t make them all reality.
I get an insight from a book. A random brilliant thought comes to my mind during a walk. A possibility for a collaboration. An insight for a new article. Two thoughts finally connecting in my brain, and the urge to share them with the world.
But then… I don’t have the time, or the energy, or the inspiration to make it happen. …