13 Nov Happiness…getting the most pleasure out of every experience
Happiness can be found in each and every minute, in each and every experience…if only we know how to look for it, where to look for it, and how to make the most of these minutes and experiences.
In this article from MindBodyGreen, Luly Brown guides us through this idea and helps us find more happiness from more of our experiences…
I was sitting at my computer a while back, jumping back and forth between checking emails, writing an article, and the occasional Facebooking. I felt like Wonder Woman with my candle lit, lavender oil at hand to nix stressful moments, and hot water with lemon within reach.
I wrapped up my work day and realized that I was feeling totally scattered and filled with anxiety.
My lunch break had been 15 minutes of “mindfully” eating my quinoa salad, with a candle lit. But wait, I should definitely Instagram this, right? It’s a great example of an easy gluten-free, dairy-free lunch, and my clients and friends would love the recipe!
Before I know it, I’m obsessing over which filter to use, how many hashtags are appropriate, and then I’m scrolling through my friend’s pictures of his new baby, while quickly eating my lunch.
I’m suddenly finished, and left feeling totally unsatisfied. I reach for some chocolate to round things out, and my heart rate skyrockets, blood sugar spikes, and I’m exhausted and craving sweet potato fries at 4 pm.
Does any of this sound familiar?
About a year ago, I was scraping the bottom of the barrel. I was living a super healthy life as a health coach, helping women struggling with adrenal fatigue and emotional eating.
With a few too many projects on my plate, I was thrilled with my work, but still feeling a lot of anxiety and unease.
What’s missing from this picture is my new golden rule: single point of focus.
Single point of focus means you only focus on one thing at a time. Whether you’re working on a proposal, or simply walking down the street, 100% commitment is key.
If we continue multitasking, we never absorb the full effects of whatever it is we’re doing. If you’re taking yoga and thinking about your to-do list, you’re probably going to leave that class feeling anxious and guilty for taking time for yourself.
The best approach is to savor that class, and acknowledge the fact that it will bring you peace of mind, allowing space to create new ideas with authenticity.?? When you make everything an experience, life becomes a whole lot more fun. You start to notice the little things, like how different chocolate tastes when you let it melt on your tongue, or how truly satisfying that quinoa salad is when you eat it slowly and imagine it nourishing your body completely.
Sounds easy right? Not so much.
We’re plagued by multitasking, and most people even wear it as a badge of honor. If you’re feeling frustrated, full of anxiety or unhappy with your body, but you feel like you’re doing everything “right,” keep reading.
The first step to honing this skill is pre-framing.
Wake up and set the tone for your day. Give yourself time to stretch, meditate, or dance. Then ask yourself how you want to feel, and set an intention for the day.
?So, how can you apply single point of focus to the different areas of your life?
…keep reading the full article, with practical happiness generating tips – HERE