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Addicted to productivity, and the courageous act of…stillness.

Our society is addicted to productivity.
We think productivity increases our value as a human.
And we want to be valued and loved.
So…we become addicted to productivity.

Which means…

being still is an act of courage.

Here’s a reframe on taking a break or slowing down: You are not weak, you’re not giving up or losing ambition, and you sure as hell aren’t lazy.

When you pause, you are rebellious and wise. Courageous. You’re synchronized with Mother Nature herself.

By going into savasana, stopping — especially at the eleventh hour — you will be challenging YOUR own notion of your value, and THEIR notion of your value. You have to rally strength to REPRIORITIZE AGAINST THE NORM, because collective insanity does not cheer on wellness and wisdom. 

Sabbaticals. Extended holidays. 4-day work weeks. Shorter work days…all of these practices run counter to so many of our current addictions. The system is set up for us to rest after we’ve “made it”. Hustlers flaunt their vacation-loaded lifestyles and the message is clear: “I got money and I bought me some time with it.” When motivators talk about taking a break, it’s usually in the context of pausing so you can be more productive later — that’s the addiction disguised as self-help. Pause to FEEL. Pause to KNOW YOURSELF BETTER. Pause for LOVE.

Wisdom is so underrated these days. Slowing down won’t get you any “heroine” accolades. But…

Wise people know that when you are intentionally still, you become the real kind of powerful.

 


 

Give your friends a nudge to chill. Press send. xo

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Wise people know that when you are intentionally still, you become the real kind of powerful.
Being still is an act of courage.

 

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Can you love the problems that come with your good choices? (Because there will always be problems.)

I’m in the middle of a grinding conversation with publishing collaborators: “If we do A, then B happens, so what if we do X instead?” Brows are furrowed. We’re workin’ this problem like a piece of gum. Silent pauses. We’re thinking…thinking. Arguing our points. It’s tense and kind of wonderful.

“Hey, by the way everyone,” I raise my hand for pause, “I just want you to know, I LOVE this shit. This is my idea of fun.” And on we plod.

I can respect the challenges because I know they’re part of my calling. I’m on my path, there will be problems, and complaining about the inevitable is a ridiculous waste of energy. I know that, and I mean this in the most pragmatically joyous sense, life is just one damn thing after another.

If you’re intentional about your choices you may as well approach obstacles as opportunities to get more creative, innovative, stronger, and closer to what you want and the people you want to be with. (If you’re not intentional about your choices then…then that’s a “real” problem. Fix that first and then come back and read this. I’m cheering you on.)

Love your problems — really love them, and the solutions appear.

Do you love the kind of problems that you have in your relationship? Like, can you love the fact that your “work” as a couple is to deepen intimacy? That’s some hard work. But can you honour that that’s your work to do?

Can you love the problems inherent in your industry? The challenges that come with the goals you’ve set? The hoops you have to jump through to get what you want the most? If you can’t love the hassles, maybe you’re in the wrong place. Pick the battles that are for your cause, your higher good — it will bolster your strength instead of wearing you down.

If you can’t love the challenges that come with your territory, you should consider moving elsewhere. Move to where you find problems that are more loveable and satisfying — because there are plenty of them, and they need your willingness to be solved.


 

PS: Forward this to your smart friends and just say, hey, “no problem.” xo

Love your problems — really love them, and the solutions appear.
Pick the battles that are for your cause, your higher good — it will bolster your strength.

 

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Right now The Desire Map is FREE for you + your FRIENDS. Because…this is what I have to give.

Beautiful. Lighter. Team. Bliss. (…And one word that I always keep to myself.)

These are a prayer, a mantra, that I work with everyday — my Core Desired Feelings.

My Core Desired Feelings help me decide how I’ll take care of my body. They help me stay committed to meditating every morning. They remind me to text my girlfriends saucy jokes. They helped me completely rewrite my business manifesto. I had no idea that 10 years ago, when I casually wrote some “feeling words” next to my goals, it would turn into what it has: Desire Mapping for…a lot of people.

If I can support you
…in your clarity;
…in making your feelings the heart of the matter;
…in being of more service to the world;
…in making the changes that we as a society so very much want to be made…Then I will do that in all the ways I can.

So here’s The Desire Map bundle. It’s free. For you. AND your chosen people. I’m not up-selling you or launching a bigger product. It’s the New Year and this is what I have to give.

Each (free) Desire Map bundle comes with:

You can send the bundle to as many people as you want (including yourself). Get and gift your Desire Map bundle HERE.

When you’re clear about how you really want to feel, then you become a creative force in the world. And THAT’s what we need in 2018. Clarity-backed action. And LOVE.

Blessings, prayers, pleas, and advance thanks for a New Year of true progress,

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