When you live from your middle ground, life is in balance. There is no fear, no anxiety or depression. You are in the present moment and content.
Knowing that this place is available to us is reassuring … but our minds have “minds of their own” and still prefer to go into their own tailspin of thoughts about the past or worry about the future.
How do we recognize when our emotions start to sabotage us or our overactive thinking takes over?
By regularly checking in with ourselves.
We may do it as a formal practice such as yoga or meditation, but a really helpful informal daily practice is to do mindful check-ins with yourself.
I use an app called Chakra Chime on my iPhone. It goes off at 8am every morning and 6pm at night. Its a signal for me to STOP and check in with myself.
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Years ago I was a store manager and needed a cashier. I’d received a call from some woman about a cashier job, so I told her to come in.
Her resume was poor, but I needed a cashier.
In walked this short, large woman who looked, quite frankly, disgusting. She filled out the application form and asked for another sheet of paper to fill out the Felony and Misdemeanor section. Oh boy.
- Her clothes were ratty and too small
- Her shoes looked about 3 sizes too big
- She looked like she had just climbed out of a dumpster
I was about ready to just tell her to leave when she explained her story…
She said that she had been addicted to methamphetamine and cocaine for a few years and was in a halfway-house getting her life back in order.
She seemed really sharp and her situation explained her appearance. So I…
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