Have you ever wondered how some people can confidently stroll into any room, approach the first person they see, and quickly jump into deep conversations?
They’re able to laugh, engage, and have fun. They ooze confidence and charisma. Other people are dying to meet them and hanging on their every word.
As an introvert, I’ve always been deeply fascinated by those individuals—the ones who can talk to anyone, anytime, anywhere—because that’s something I struggled with for most of my life.
In fact, for many years, most conversations I tried to start would go something like this:
Me: “Hi! How are you?”
Them: “Good. You?”
Me: “Good!…[awkward silence]…Well, it was nice seeing you…”
Then, the conversation would fizzle out, and I’d scurry away tail-between-my-legs discouraged.
But rather than just giving up and saying I’m not a “people person,” I decided to study some of the best conversationalists around.
And no, I…
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Plan for 30 minutes a week and let co-workers know you’ll be off the grid. Whether you use this time to get away to a more relaxed space or simply shut down the computer and close the office door is up to you.
participating as a group means you can sit quietly, laugh and discuss your insights together like what we do in this writing community.
Instead of immediately reacting by giving up or judging yourself for not reaching enlightenment, take a moment to just notice those thoughts. Tell yourself, “this is what impatience feels like.” Then return to your breath. Settling into a place within yourself that isn’t trying to become accomplished is one of the quickest ways of establishing your practice.
There are plenty of teachers who publish audio tracks at varying lengths but remember silence is the best teacher for meditation.
Close your eyes, and count 10…
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I’ve always really loved New Year’s.
In Russia it’s a big family holiday that we used to celebrate with a huge, long, multi-course, late-into-the-night family meal, a New Year’s tree, presents, and even a visit from Ded Moroz. It wasn’t a religious holiday but the New Year’s tree was very similar to a Christmas tree and Ded Moroz was very similar to Santa Claus, although to get your presents you had to sing or dance or recite a poem. (My dad often made some extra money by working as Ded Moroz for a few families:). We still celebrate this way in America and I love it.
The other thing I love about New Year’s is a chance to think about the year ahead and some things I’d like to experience. Kiddo and I got into the habit of making an annual vision board about some of the things we want…
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