Rachel Shields writes a column in The Independent called Life Support which I rather like. Here is todays…
Focus on what you’re doing – In his best-selling book The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle argues that, if you are completely conscious of the present moment, you won’t have to rely on external things for happiness, and will discover an inner joy. While many are sceptical about the promises of self-help experts, the idea of being happy in the present – free from worries about the past or fears over the future – is undoubtedly appealing. Tolle suggests that a simple way of reconnecting to the “now” is to think about your breathing, or to spend time contemplating nature.
Slow down – Do you eat breakfast while listening to the radio and reading the newspaper? It may be a familiar scene, but trying to do five things at once makes it difficult to fully enjoy any of the activities you are involved in. Slow down, taking your time over things that you normally rush, and you will find that you are calmer and more focused on the moment.
Accept your life – Many of us are plagued by the idea that there is something better we could be doing. If you find yourself looking at a beautiful sunset alone, and saying to yourself, “This is so romantic – it would be so nice if only I was here with so-and-so,” you are preventing yourself from enjoying the experience as it is. Try to avoid allowing such thoughts to distract you from the present.
Let go – You can’t change the past, so there is not much point stewing over things that have already happened. Similarly, try and stop worrying about the future. Many of us spend a lot of time fretting about what might happen, and mulling over potential scenarios in our mind. While this is a fairly common way of preparing ourselves for bad things that might occur, it wastes a lot of emotional energy – energy which could be better directed into the “now”.
Increase your intelligence with what I think is the best newspaper available today – created and published in the UK but available everywhere online.
It has the following sections Monday to Friday:
- Home News
- European News
- World News
- Life & Style
There are also the Saturday and Sunday editions.
The Independent is, as it states – not politically swayed in any way. The closest you can get to the Real News. There are very few articles on gossip, celebrities, reality shows or anything like that. It is hardcore news and that’s why I love it. I really don’t care what so called celebs are up to. That to me isn’t news. I want to know what is going on in the world and I want the facts.
It offers a diverse range of Journalists who offer their opinions on the news – which is great for playing the devils advocate. You get to see many different opinions and angles of the same news which helps you create and maintain your belief systems.
I have personally learned so much from The Independent. I have learned about some issues way before the other papers have. I learned how political/legal/economic systems work, who is involved, all about different countries and cultures, health and wellbeing stuff, loads of general knowledge and it has improved my vocabulary immensely. My sister introduced me to The Independent about 16 years ago and to date, it is the only newspaper I will read.
A good thing to do is buy a range of newspapers on the same day and compare how the same news is delivered and what facts are given. You will be surprised. And hopefully you will see what I am saying about The Independent.