“One thing:

you have to walk, and create the way by your walking;

you will not find a ready-made path.

It is not so cheap,

to reach to the ultimate realization of truth.

You will have to create the path by walking yourself;

the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you.

It is just like the sky:

the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints.

You cannot follow them;

there are no footprints left behind.”


If you are not striving, pushing and overachieving along with being  extremely busy in today’s society, then you, my friend, are an exception and far from the norm. We are all guilty of this. We overextend, overachieve, over-commit and overstress ourselves to the point of breaking. Little do most people realize that they are hurting their bodies by hurting our mind.


The Art of Gratitude

It is so easy to be upset when things do not go your way. From the moment that you spill your coffee, lock your keys in the car, and forget your lunch, a spiral of circumstances can set you off into a tailspin of negativity. However, and this is important, you  can choose to stay in a state of discontent and let that dictate our day, or you can be grateful for the other things in your life even if they are not present in front of you right now.

Have you ever noticed that when something nice happens, you tend to smile for a moment and then move on? However, when something goes awry, you feel the need to tell everyone and anyone who will listen. It is in those moments of discontent that you need to focus on what you are grateful for, and it is then and only then that you will be able to pull yourself up from discontent.

Keeping the focus on gratitude offers your mind something to smile about, regardless of outside circumstances. Focusing on people, places, and even things that make you grateful, gives your mind a place of quiet respite that it sorely needs to stay active and healthy in the future.

A Time for Nothingness

Everybody has busy schedules. This is a known fact. Everyone has set their schedules to overflowing and then complain that they do not have time for themselves.

Take a good hard look at your schedule and see if there are things that you can delete and things that you can delegate. If you are going to have a healthy mind, you need to take care of it just as you would your body. One cannot function healthily, nor long, without the other.

The best tip for quieting your mind is to put it into your schedule. Write it in big red letters on your calendar, text yourself a reminder, and place it on your to-do list for this week.

Take a Moment

Being in the moment has become a clichéd phrase. But, if you really make the time and take the trouble to learn what it means, you will learn how to quiet your mind. Focus on what you are doing at the exact moment you are doing it, rather than what you have already done and mapping out the next few things that you need to get done.

In this way, you are focused on the moment at hand and not two days from now where something big is looming.

These are just three small, but helpful tips in how to quiet your mind, be in the moment and restore your peace.

To your continued success!!

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Martina McGowan

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