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Five Simple Steps to Emotional Well-Being

STUCK on GETTING RESULTS without really PRACTICING

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The purpose of this blog is to help me stay awake in life.

getting away from itTo remind me to watch my thoughts.

To notice the judging I do of myself and others.

And to help me remember to pause, and guide me to perhaps see things in a different light, like giving others the benefit of the doubt.

Knowing that I have an audience (it helps that my audience is more than just me!), I feel obligated to keep up with my writing.

Which is great.

And, I thank you for being that person in my life.

But, it’s not enough.

(Not, you.  Me.)

That is, blogging is not enough.

It certainly helps me process this work that I am doing.

But, it doesn’t give me the opportunity to tangibly experience things in real life.

The only thing that does offer that opportunity is practice itself.

Like, just sitting.

Silently.

Alone.

Intentionally.

Each morning.

For at least 20 minutes.

Have you ever tried it?

It’s hard.

Really hard.

Like exercising (for those of you who don’t like it).

Or, flossing your teeth.

You always find excuses why you don’t really need to do it.

Or, think of other things that are more important to do in that very moment.

Other things you need to do.

Need?

Not really.

But, that’s how we as humans behave.

We are wired to be occupied,

and stay busy,

and rush,

and get things done,

as fast as we can,

with as little effort as possible,

while doing a hundred trillion other things at the same time.

And, not recognize the importance, the value, of stopping.

On purpose.

Sound familiar?

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This revelation is nothing new to me.

I’m just coming full circle again.

Recognizing that I can’t really become a mindful person, unless I really practice.

And with that, I’m renewing my commitment to sit each morning.

Somewhere.

Anywhere.

And just notice.

Just be.

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And, I’m encouraging my kibbutz community to do the same.

At least on the Sabbath.

This week the synagogue committee just introduced a new aspect to the weekly Sabbath prayer schedule.

From now on, the synagogue will be open a half an hour before the traditional prayers begin, for those who wish to come to sit together.

In quiet.

In peace.

On purpose.

In community.

And, practice together.

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I will be there.

 

 

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Author: Shira Taylor Gura

Well-Being Coach, Podcast Host, Author of the award winning book, Getting unSTUCK: 5 Simple Steps to Emotional Well-Being.

5 thoughts on “STUCK on GETTING RESULTS without really PRACTICING

  1. So beautiful! I need to do this more often too 😊

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  2. Yes! Yes! So important and so not easy, which seems crazy. Who would think it could be so challenging to sit still? For my class, I committed to practice 40 minutes a day, six days a week. It takes great discipline but I have already experienced the value. Good for you for coming back to it.

  3. Thanks for sharing, Allison. I’ll be so interested to stay updated with your personal journey, especially with the sitting aspect of it. Yes, it takes tremendous discipline.

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