I am mesmerized with Arianna Huffington, she is an inspiration! Last week I had an opportunity to meet with her at an event where she spoke about her relentless pursuit to lead a successful life which is traditionally measured by money and power. To achieve success one often is faced by burnout and stress which affects our personal and professional lives. While Arianna shared her experiences and strategies that have helped her to have a more fulfilling life I began to reflect on my life and what are some of the areas I have been disconnected.
Last year required me to reflect on some of my practices in professional life such as checking and answering my email in the middle of the night, followed by the urge of getting things done. One fine day I realized that the stress I was putting my soul and body through was not helping me, as Arianna explains in her book I needed to reconnect with myself.
In my introspection I realized I was drifting away from my mantra Faith, Family and Career. I don’t mean to say that I rank my career at the bottom, but it is my faith and family that have been a strong support and have been the source of my energy. Since last year I have made conscious efforts to not to sleep with my phone or any other electronic gadgets that may distract me. Every morning I listen to the audio bible while I am on my stationary bicycle to find my deep peace– a place of silence, devotion and values. This everyday ritual helps me to center myself and gear me up for the day.
I understand that all of us are different; the practice that works for me may not necessarily work for your lifestyle, religion or beliefs but I do suggest that you take a moment to reconnect with yourself. Anytime during the day find a practice that will help you find your inner peace and silence; it could be anything such as reading a book by your favorite author or a holy book based on your religious beliefs, listening to music, reciting a poem, going for a walk or a run. Time could vary from 15 mins to an hour, but make sure those couple of minutes is your time, your breathing space that helps you get ready for a day at work or home which will help you to thrive and transform.