Life’s busy. Often too busy, as we juggle friends, family, jobs and/or school, hobbies, housework, entertainment, the kids’ lessons. And yet, many of us are unable to say no when invited to that dinner or that show or that class…

Social media has really contributed to our awareness of all of the wonderful things out there for us to do, and it’s common to have to make a choice from among several options of how we’re going to spend our time and energy, of where to focus our attention and money.

The challenge is that they would ALL be so great… that live music would be incredible; that meal would be outrageous; there would be so much to learn in that class… I don’t know what to do!

So we fill our schedules with busy-ness as we try to see and do and taste and learn and experience as many of these wonderful opportunities as we can.

Then the irony kicks in… all that wonderfulness ends up becoming a chore. We spread ourselves so thin that everything drains us and we no longer enjoy any of it. We crave time for spontaneity, but have to schedule that in!

What’s this about? A friend of mine recently referred to it as FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out.

We’re living in a time when achievement and accomplishment and achieving goals and being the best that we can be is valued and has become almost everyone’s priority. A time when the most common answer to “how are you?” is “busy.” I think some of us wear that busy-ness like a badge of honour, as a way of showing the world that we, too, are keeping up and achieving and accomplishing and…

But what gets lost in all the frenzy is… ourselves. We need time to stop, to rest, to recharge our batteries. There is tremendous wisdom in the simple advice to take time to smell the flowers.

Autumn is an especially busy time for many, as the wrap-up of summer activities overlaps with the onset of fall activities. But it’s important to carve out some time for yourself. Go for a walk. Learn to meditate. Read a book. Go for a massage. Take tai chi or join a yoga class.

While it’s true that taking a yoga class or having a Reiki treatment are things that would have to be fit into an already-overpacked schedule, both afford the opportunity to leave the frenzied pace behind, if only for a while, to stop and listen to what’s going on in your body, to breathe, to connect with and listen to the quiet voice inside you that is trying so hard to be heard. It can be difficult to step away from the busy-ness, but taking the time to do so will give you more energy to do everything else that’s going on in your life.

So why not treat yourself to a yoga class or try a Reiki session? I would be happy to help.

Other Articles in this issue

Your Body on Yoga: The Lower Back
Take 5 – Make Time for this Quick Stretch: Wide-legged Forward Fold
Health Tip: Alcohol
Philosophy Byte: Satya
Eat Well: Chia Pudding
Balance At Work News: FALL 2015