For all of us there is a sweet spot, where we can balance a healthy sense of entitlement with awareness of the needs of others.
Fortunately we can also learn what has been called by Herbert Benson the ‘relaxation response’ – our body’s ability to relax and regenerate.
Right effort is about finding the sweet spot between trying too hard, and giving up too easily.
Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, “grow, grow.”
‘May I live with ease.’
This is the last line of the loving-kindness (or metta) meditation I often use during meditation classes and retreats.
Regular mindfulness meditation can help us become more receptive to the nourishment which is present in our lives.
The breath is a wonderful object of meditation because it is always with us, it’s rhythmical, and it connects us intimately with our bodies and our surroundings.
One of the most effective ways we can use to calm ourselves down is to learn what’s called diaphragmatic breathing – filling the whole of our lungs with the breath.
The sense of agency we are able to bring to our lives is one of the most important factors which influences our health, wellbeing and success.
We need to find spaces in our lives where we can ‘take refuge’ – a space where we feel safe to stop for a while, to tune in, take stock, and have our internal batteries recharged.