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Urgency VS Importance

I’m back after one week in Malta where my main activity was focusing on 3 projects: writing the structure of my book, reading Bruno Latour and organizing an event. The schedule I created for myself worked just perfectly: starting every day with a walk until the beach, having a swim in the cool water, back at the hotel, breakfast and then starting to “work”. It amazed me how being away from the daily life AND having a clear focus made me experience the difference between what is important and what is urgent. Even if I had my computer with me, I could easily retain myself from controlling every e-mail coming in.

I guess I’m not alone to behave as if many things are urgent, just because they make us react: e-mails, posts, news, … When we consider them with a calm mind, we realize easily that in fact we confuse what is important with what we perceive as urgent. And by spending a lot of time dealing with what we feel is urgent, we end up neglecting what is important.

Nowadays, it is actually quite easy to create a sense of urgency: it is sufficient to be exposed to many stimuli with an emotional content – excitement, fear, expectation, etc – like e-mails, FB, Instagram and twitter do. Add to that only little physical movement, and have a daily to do list. Here we go: the stress response takes over and we start to give a lot of our time to what we believe is urgent and we forget about what is important to us.
We loose then the overview of the sense of our activities: what is actually important for me ? Why am I doing all this?

How to go out of that, without taking a week off in a beautiful island?

  • At least once per day, sit quietly and in silence for 5 minutes while you are enjoying a tea or a coffee
  • Train physically: walk 30 min every day.
  • Eat without having your smartphone on the table or other screens in front of you. Enjoy your food and / or the people with you.

Those 3 practices will help you to train a state of little – or even no – excitement in your mind. When you feel this calmness, start to reflect on “ what is actually important for me?” and “do I dedicate enough time to what is important for me?”.

The last recommendation will maybe surprise you 🙂 Give time to what “urgent” is. This part of us also needs our attention. Give to it some time every day, 1-2 hours but not more. When the sense of urgency receives enough time it doesn’t need to take over what is important!

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The connection between the visible and the invisible

At the end of the last year, I gave, with a friend, a workshop* aiming to increase consciousness about the challenges that our planet, and us with her, are facing.
One of our participants, a young man from Mongolia, shared with us a very interesting observation. He said that in one hand, in the western society, we are very busy, even obsessed, by the material world. In the other hand, we constantly neglect, even forget, about what is invisible to our eyes.
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Taking care of what we own

I am reading an extremely interesting book written by Bruno Latour, a French philosopher. He explores the topic of why it is so difficult for us, for our societies, to shift our mindset about how we consume… our planet. I have to admit that the content of this book is intense and sometimes difficult to completely follow. But he proposes many considerations that fascinate and inspire me. I would like to share one of them with you.
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The Power of Words

You are probably familiar with the positive effect that a nice and a supportive word can have on you when someone gives you a compliment  or recognition for a certain action you did or gives you encouragement in a difficult moment …
Words can make a huge difference on you, on your day and to others.
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From duties to pleasure

Have you already experienced that some tasks become, after a while, an obligation, although you started them with pleasure? How does it happen that you can start something full-hearted and end up being stressed and annoyed?

Let’s draw an imaginary line where “obligations and duties” are at one end and “pleasures and accomplishments” to the other end. Our perception moves along this line: when it approaches the “obligations and duties” side, very often repetitions are spoiling our experience.
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Listen more to my body

“My journey with Michelle through the Grinberg Method lasted about a year and a half and was a simply beautiful experience, very strong on an emotional and sensory level. Right from the start, I felt a feeling from the “belly” with Michelle who thanks to her empathy, delicacy and irony has managed to guide me along this path, based on trust, encouragement and even honesty when it was necessary … and sometimes necessary it was😉
During this process I learned to listen more to my body and the signals it gives us. Thanks to the work done through breathing and massage I have learned to know and recognize better the signals and emotions that “inhabit” us inside. I was also able to learn how “little-big” changes in the everyday life, starting from breathing and posture, have a big impact on the management of our emotions and especially of fears. Looking at the fears in the face, being able to recognize them was one of the most beautiful and difficult parts during the work done with Michelle. Thanks also to the homework between one session and another, I had the opportunity to confront precisely my fears or the “uncomfortable things” of my life.
One last thing I will never forget about my sessions, is the energy that circulated in the body after working on it … being able to literally perceive the flow of energy under the first layer of skin from head to toes as a continuous vibration was really exciting and liberating!” Laura