Living a life full of fulfillment doesn't always mean - fill every moment full. Living in Boulder, CO I find it common amongst the Boulderites to go hard all the time. Full throttle from the moment you wake up to the moment you close your eyes and repeat the next day. And, this full speed ahead affect doesn't just apply to Boulder.
We are a turned-on culture. An on-demand people.
We not only fill life with activities and work, we stuff it with static. Static is the constant stream of stimulation from media. Whether the input is from our phones, TV, computers, podcasts, or music. Or all at one time.
But, are we getting happiness and fulfillment out of this intense constant input?
Life-balance is hard to achieve. Especially when we love to work hard and play hard. People who make it happen also are people who often have a challenge being in the moment or being still, not just physically but cognitively as well.
Sitting still or taking a moment gives us space. Space to discover what moves us the most. Space for reflection. Space for appreciation. Space for gratitude.
Often in these moments of space we find new direction or the spark of creativity. Space is good for the mind, body, and soul in this age of constant movement and distraction.
So, this week. Schedule some time to unplug and give yourself space.
Here's a great TED talk on the art of stillness by Pico Iyer.