How many of you check in with yourselves regularly? When's the last time you sat down to spend some quality time with you? Each time I venture into NYC from the burbs, I people watch a bit. New York often gets a bad rap about the people being cold or rude, I may be a bit biased but I don't think that's the case at all. I think New Yorkers are just so caught up in the "hustle and bustle" that they don't often take a moment to notice the out of towner looking for directions; locals barely even have time to make eye contact with one another.
On top of that, add technology. We've all been there. We've emailed, texted, scrolled and read during times where our attention could have been fully focused elsewhere. It amazes me how many people are so heads down when walking about, they're missing so much. It's something that I too have to work on - slowing down. I went back to listen to one of this seasons episodes and came across this:
People need to slow down. I think, you know, in this day and age, everything is so quick, so microwavable. You know, we got the phones going, we got the TV going, we got Netflix going. We got all these things that are distracting us and sort of pulling away from the most important thing, which is ourselves.
With all of this plus our families, friends, work, schedules, etc. regular check-ins and quality time with self can easily get pushed to the back burner. The truth is, we have to make ourselves a priority. How present and focused can we really be if we're running at 50% or on fumes? I challenge you all to take a moment today to step away from the devices (I'm only asking for 5 minutes) and spend some quality time with you.
I'm going to up the ante and ask that you bake in some You Time each day - 5 to 10 minutes to start. What better way to access the truth of who we are….and you know what we say about the truth…it'll set you free if you let it!
Click here to access a free meditation I've done on gratitude. Its only 5 minutes :)