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Sit still already

The demands of modern life can sometimes be daunting. Frustrated by technologies we imagined would make life easier, working ever more stressful jobs in the face of an unstable economy and a changing workforce, often raising children all the while, can make for what feels like an overwhelming life.

As a solution, people often strive to "get away from it all" for just a few weeks each year, and sometimes not even that long. But what if the answer were not in distant places, but with us all the time? Pico Iyer, a respected travel writer, explores the importance of the "art of stillness" as a means of finding true insight and managing the chaos that comes with constant movement and distraction.

For some there is guilt in not doing something. But what if we knew that stillness was integral to not only our heath, but our happiness? I am guilty of falling into the busy trap. "How are you?" "Ah…so busy!" Even my time away is busy - another opportunity to grow, learn, explore...

But what about just being?

For some people the answer is in meditation, while others may take a walk around the block or sip a coffee at the local cafe. Whatever your quiet is, one thing is for sure...we must tend to ourselves before tending to others. And the answer need not be more complicated then taking a mindful pause.

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