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Here we are in this global pandemic, restricted in so many ways – from our work, travel, socializing, exercise and even in the ability to do our daily errands. It is no wonder that so many of us are stressed, felling isolated, with mental and emotional well-being at an all-time low.
We are all hoping that everything will “go back to normal”, while at the same time watching figures of infections increasing to depressing levels. The arrival of a vaccine seems far away, so what is there to do in the meantime? How can we heal ourselves with so much disharmony everywhere?
Be in nature.
Nature has a profound effect on our mental and emotional health.
Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods” writes about what he calls Nature-Defecit Disorder.
Louv explains that engaging oneself close to nature boosts human physical, mental, and spiritual health. That spending time in nature is a proven remedy for addressing stress, mental and emotional illness. An easy stroll, a little picnic or just sitting down in the middle of a park or any green space has tremendous effects. It helps lower stress, and improves blood pressure simply through the sensation of fresh air and greenery. This experience of calm slows down the activation of the nervous system’s arousal, boosting our immune response naturally. Without our realizing it, nature has the energy and power that penetrates to our inner selves, lifting our spirits and healing us physically and emotionally.
Nature has the power to heal and cleanse.
It creates human awareness and connections that aligns our spiritual health and fills the mind with deeper insights into life. It has a powerful therapeutic effect that no one can explain. The unassuming act of touching a tree, appreciating the beauty of a flower or breathing fresh, crisp air all put the mind and spirit in a state of peace and serenity.
According to EJ Milner-Gulland of Oxford University, “ the well-being of our nature, well-being of our wildlife and the well-being of our environment including humans well-being are all interconnected, the key is to harmonious tune in to our environment. It is important therefore to practice self-respect and offer respect to nature to achieve the ultimate wonders of our nature. It provides all aspect of human needs and it does not think of any harm. But as a reminder, the moment that humans abused its richness, nature doesn’t have any other option but to create his way to stop all negative action causing harm to its purest state.”
For some however, access to parks and nature reserves may still be inaccessible. But we can still be creative and bring nature into our homes. Perhaps placing a small plant in your apartment, or spending more time in your backyard gardening or reading a book outside in the fresh air. Little steps like these create a big positive impact as it refines our perception and revitalizes us.
This pandemic brought our lives to a standstill, but we shouldn’t forget that we still have the natural world around us. The world is healing, and once completed it will be available again for us to enjoy in its perfect state. This is the time to re-connect with nature and start to heal.
Procrastination is the biggest obstacle to success.
As I say this, I must admit that I’m guilty of it. I have this bad habit of postponing action on tasks that needed to be done yesterday, or a week or month ago. That’s why quotes about procrastination are very useful. I read them to motivate me into writing that article, making that important phone call, or doing personal and social tasks that have been beckoning to me for action.
If you’re anything like me, you probably make all kinds of excuses to delay pursuing your plans. But what good are plans if they stay on the blueprint indefinitely? That said, here are procrastination quotes to help you overcome your penchant for putting things off until later. Some of them resonate with me so much that I make them my mantra for when I’m meditating.
So, in no particular order, these are favorite quotes about procrastination that I turn to when I need that extra push.
” The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don’t just put off our lives today; we put them off till our deathbed.– Steven Pressfield, American author
Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness heavy.Wayne Gretzsy, NHL Hall of Famer
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.Abraham Lincoln
Persistence is very important. You should not give up until you are forced to give up.Elon Musk
The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.Alexander Graham Bell
You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.Martin Luther King, Jr.
Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.Napoleon Bonaparte
Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.David Allen, productivity consultant
If you have goals and procrastination, you have nothing. If you have goals and you take action, you will have anything you wnat.Thomas J. Vilord, financial adviser
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.William James, 19th century philosopher
How to break the habit of procrastination:
Prioritize duties or projects.
When you’re inundated with an endless list of tasks all clamouring for your attention and action, it can get overwhelming. You don’t know which one to do first or where to start, and procrastination becomes the order of the day. To overcome this state, make a list of what you have to do and rank them according to priority. Then focus on the task at hand before proceeding to the next.
You’ll find that when you’ve completed a project, it gives you a feeling of accomplishment and inspires you to go on to the next task.
Create a purpose for a task.
Purposes give you an incentive to act instead of procrastinating on a project or task. What do you get out of completing a project? Keep your purpose in mind. If you’re a freelancer, a task done as scheduled means more time for other projects and that equates to more money earned to pay the bills and pursue your interests. For regular workers, it’s points for good performance and a probable step up the corporate ladder.
Make a “Didn’t Do” list.
Review your daily/weekly/monthly to-do list and take note of the activities you didn’t do as scheduled. They belong on your “didn’t do” list. Highlight the repeaters, those tasks that always appear because they remain undone, and prioritize them, then plan to accomplish one every week until you have crossed out everything in the list.
Sometimes, don’t think of the big picture.
I know…this is contrary to what management trainers and life coaches advise. But, as with detail-thinking, looking at the big picture can lead to procrastination when you are engulfed by anxiety and fear of not being able to achieve the end goal.
If you’re tasked to come up with a powerful strategic plan within a certain time frame, don’t think of the project in its entirety. Instead, break down the plan in chunks and accomplish them in sequential order. Set milestones to motivate you and give you a sense of achievement.
Recall your favorite quotes on procrastination.
Quotes become such because they strike a chord deep within us. They put into words what we think and feel. Quotes on procrastination push and motivate us into action because they inspire us and open our minds to the consequences of putting off tasks and projects for another day.
Keep a list of the procrastination quotes most meaningful to you. It could be in your notes on your phone or on pen and paper. Read them when you feel like you’re not getting anywhere with what you’re doing.
One of Daily Mind‘s all time favourite spiritual teachers is Adyashanti. His honest, almost brutal, approach in helping us understand that it us, not the teacher, that is responsible for our own awakening, our own enlightenment, our own awareness of the true reality, God.
To read (for free) Adyashanti’s “The Way of Liberation“, please visit here:
As Adya writes so beautifully…
Spirituality is not something set apart from life; rather, it is a plunge into the heart of existence. It is vitally important that our spirituality is in no way an avoidance of life, for then it only reinforces the unrealities that so many of us human beings feed upon.
The spiritual life is a turning away from unreality in all of its forms, and turning towards the completeness and unity of life. Such completeness has been called by various names throughout the centuries: God, Buddha Nature, Liberation, to name just a few. But the ability to perceive absolute completeness, or God, in all things as well as in oneself, is to see and perceive the reality of life here and now.
Let us understand that reality transcends all of our notions about reality. Reality is neither Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Advaita Vedanta, nor Buddhist. It is neither dualistic nor nondualistic, neither spiritual nor nonspiritual. We should come to know that there is more reality and sacredness in a blade of grass than in all of our thoughts and ideas about reality. When we perceive from an undivided consciousness, we will find the sacred in every expression of life. We will find it in our teacup, in the fall breeze, in the brushing of our teeth, in each and every moment of living and dying. Therefore we must leave the entire collection of conditioned thought behind and let ourselves be led by the inner thread of silence into the unknown, beyond where all paths end, to that place where we go innocently or not at all—not once but continually…
Some of the wisest mindfulness teachers are offering guidance and help during these difficult times.
One such master, Rupert Spira, teacher of the “direct path“, the neoadvaita method, spiritual self enquiry and the essence of non-duality, recently took questions from Daily Minders:
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