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Where am I going? Clearing

The third and final of The Three Happiness Questions is Where am I going? To get ready to move onto this last stage of the Ready to Bloom program, start out by reviewing your journal or notebook with your responses to the first two Happiness Questions. It’s important that you’re clear on your answers to both of these questions, because this information and understanding is vital for creating your path forward.

Ready? The next step is clearing out and changing some of the things you may want to get rid of, to enable your progress down your path. It may resemble hacking through the undergrowth with a machete, or it may be more like cutting back some stray brambles. Either way, it’s important to get this done now so you can move forward.

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Wake up and live!

Thanks to Mariángeles for this path photo from Costa Rica!

I was just reviewing my list of possible blog topics and thinking about what I felt like writing, when I read the first sentence of this quote on Twitter:

Spirituality means waking up. Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep. They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence.” Anthony de Mello

A lot of people sleep through life, killing time with mind distracting activities like television watching, novel reading, computer game playing, long phone conversations, incessant texting, and web surfing. If we choose to consciously participate in these activities and observe our feelings as we do so, we can learn something from them, or in the very least we can learn something about ourselves. For most people, though, they’re just time wasters: ways to pass the time and get through each day.

Are you sleeping through your life? Do you find yourself stuck in a routine, living on auto pilot, drifting through life? Are you living a reactive life?

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Easy ways to reduce stress and add more hours to each day

Are there goals that you’ve set and haven’t been able to achieve? Is there just not enough time in each day? Are you feeling stressed out about it?

If this is the case, take a moment to stop and think: are there any time wasters in your life that you could reduce or get rid of? You know what I’m talking about…you may spend long hours in front of the television, getting lost on Facebook and other social media sites, or wading through a long list of blog posts on your feed reader.

And then the day ends and you realize you didn’t do half of what you wanted to accomplish. Or maybe you never got started. If only there were more hours in a day!

But there can be.

Take a moment to sit down with pen and paper and think about this: how much time do you spend each day doing each of the following? Write down your answer for each.

  • Watching television
  • Browsing updates on Facebook and other social media sites
  • Reading a never ending stream of blog posts
  • Talking on the phone
  • Watching movies
  • Playing games on the Playstation, Wii, or computer
  • Reading books that don’t contribute to your personal or professional growth

Let me be clear that there’s nothing wrong with any of these activities. They’re all great ways to relax and clear our mind after a long day of work. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed and under accomplished in the goals department, you may want to rethink how to spend your leisure time from now on.

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