Guest Post: "Gentle Living" By Robin Engelman
Gentle Living is a way of living and a way of being in the world. A loving of what is. It makes us more attractive and easier to be around. As freelancers, we are frequently racing from gig to gig and forget to stop and take a breath. Here are 6 ways that you can begin to Live Gently.
Physically slowing yourself down is a simple way to start living gently. You will notice your feelings, thoughts and can soak in your surroundings. There are endless ways to slow it down. You can walk, move, drive, make love and even talk slower. Purposefully slowing down has a tremendous calming effect on you as well as those around you.
Take a few purposeful breaths
Take a few purposeful breaths everyday. Breathe in through your nose, and count to 4. Hold for 4 and then slowly exhale out counting to 8. This is a relaxing breath. For that moment, it puts you in charge of yourself and your day.
Don't over schedule yourself
"When you work a little, love a little and play a little, life is good." Unscheduled time with yourself and others allows for connection, creativity, awareness, and even love.
Living gently requires occasional unplugging. Make time in your day to consciously turn off your computer, phone, i pad, and TV. When you unplug, you can check in with your feelings and thoughts. You will also sleep better, if you do it an hour before going to bed.
Count your blessings
When you take the time to count your blessings and look for what is wonderful in your life, your life will begin to change. Research shows that people who take time to acknowledge what they are grateful for are more satisfied with their lives. The brain looks to confirm what it already believes to be true. So once you start seeing things to be grateful for, your brain starts looking for more.
Be present in the moment
The best advice I heard on this topic was Do what you are doing, as you are doing it. So, if you are washing the dishes, notice how the water feels, the soap, the feel of the dishes, the smell of the soap, etc... when your mind wanders to the past or the future (which it will), simply bring it back to what you are doing. Breath and Mindfulness always bring you back to the present.