Islands of Ease

beautiful set of gorgeous orchid on stones reflectionFeeling totally exhausted at the end of a work week, I went in search of tips for rejuvenation that went beyond the usual get more sleep, take a hot bath variety of advice. What I discovered surprised me.

Mary Jaksch wrote about the kind of exhaustion I was feeling in a post entitled, How to Find Islands of Ease in the Chaos of Life. A Zen Master, Jaksch says that sometimes it’s not our body but our soul that is exhausted, and she recommends five simple approaches that can help to heal this kind of weariness. We will address three of those approaches in this post.

Silence

Jaksch suggests creating an environment for both outer and inner silence, even if only for short periods of time. To provide for outer silence, she says to avoid playing background music or the television unless you are actively listening to the music or watching TV. To provide for inner silence, she recommends spending at least 5 minutes per day doing nothing.

Mindfulness

According to Jaksch, mindfulness is being present with a clear mind and an open heart. Being mindful enables us to be present in the moment and give our full attention to what is right in front of us. She says that even if the task at hand is a mindless chore, we can use it to give ourselves an island of ease.

Walking

While most of us walk on a daily basis, as part of our commute to work or other activities, Jaksch says we can actually use walking to heal our exhaustion. Her tip? She suggests that while walking, touch your forefinger and thumb together as a reminder of the present moment.

The two remaining tips she lists to heal the exhausted soul are meditation and retreats.

-G.

Replace Someday with Now

Replace Someday with Now

I recently became aware of a motivational website called The Daily Motivator. Written by Ralph Marston, this website provides a kind of daily philosophical pep talk that focuses on what is positive in life. I liked Marston’s messages so much that I read his book, The Power of Ten Billion Dreams. One chapter especially spoke…Continue Reading

Make Space for Your Dreams

Make Space for Your Dreams

Today’s post includes helpful tips from blogger Ruth Soukup’s book, 31 Days to a Clutter-free Life. Soukup regularly writes on lifestyle issues in her blog, LivingWellSpendingLess.com. Her book outlines a process for clearing space in your home, from the entry way and living room to bedrooms, baths and kitchen. Each day focuses on a different…Continue Reading

Personal Effectiveness and Weekend Retirement

Personal Effectiveness and Weekend Retirement

For those of us salaried employees who need to get a certain amount of work done regardless of how long it takes, I am continually on the lookout for ways to enhance personal effectiveness, both at work and at home. This month I came across Steve Pavlina’s book, Personal Development for Smart People. Pavlina set out…Continue Reading

Tools for Persistent Problems

Tools for Persistent Problems

“What if every bad thing that’s ever happened to you–including every problem you’ve ever had–was there, in your life, to get you in touch with abilities you never knew you had? And what if there were specific procedures that led you directly to those new abilities?” Psychotherapists Phil Stutz and Barry Michels answer these questions…Continue Reading

Get Unstuck

Get Unstuck

Ever find yourself wanting something to change, but feeling a sense of inertia, unable to move forward? Business coach, speaker and author Libby Gill shares tips and strategies for breaking through limiting beliefs and moving towards one’s goals in her book, You Unstuck. Gill walks the reader through her CSE process–Clarify, Simplify, and Execute. You begin by clarifying…Continue Reading

Weekend Retirement FAQs

Weekend Retirement FAQs

Q.  How do I get started with Weekend Retirement? A. Make a list of all the kinds of things you want to do in retirement. Include Places you want to visit Hobbies you want to pursue Topics you want to explore People you want to connect with Books you want to read Projects you want…Continue Reading

Reclaim Your Weekends This Year

Reclaim Your Weekends This Year

In this new year I want to encourage you to think about how you will be spending your weekends. Time management experts tell us that we are more likely to follow through on our intentions if we block time in our schedule for them. My husband and I like to take some time on New Year’s…Continue Reading

Fast Changes with Lasting Effects

Fast Changes with Lasting Effects

As we look toward a new year, many of us are accustomed to reviewing last year’s goals and determining what we want to achieve in the year to come. I’m finding that the older I get, the more impatient I am with goals that take a long time to accomplish. This year I’m looking for…Continue Reading

Passionate Pursuits in Retirement

Passionate Pursuits in Retirement

Has the thought of retirement ever made you a little uneasy because you don’t know what you would do with your time? That thought occurred to me recently when I had some unscheduled time off. I typically have a plan for each day, and though not scheduled down to the hour or minute, I have a general…Continue Reading

A Taste of Retirement

A Taste of Retirement

My husband and I recently flew to Tahiti for a bucket-list vacation we have been anticipating for quite some time. While it took us close to two days to get there, it was totally worth the trip. We took a ferry to the beautiful island of Moorea, where we relaxed all week. We slept in…Continue Reading

Meet Gail

Gail Pentz, author

My work experience spans Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits. As a corporate trainer, I have delivered training throughout the U.S. and in 18 other countries. I designed and wrote hundreds of instructional materials for numerous industries, and worked as a teacher and staff in private schools. I also have experience with small businesses. I was a founding partner and Director of Operations for T.W.I.C.E. Educational Services, Inc., a Sarasota-based continuing education firm serving mental health professionals.

Having worked 60+ hours a week for several decades, I know what it’s like to be on the proverbial hamster wheel, using weekends to catch up on what I didn’t get done and preparing for the week ahead. Like me, you may be ready for at least two days each week that are filled with activities you find satisfying and fulfilling. Less time working (or preparing for work) translates into more time for recreational travel, self-care, and personal development. I firmly believe that as we take better care of ourselves, we are better equipped to share our gifts with the world (and especially the quality of effort we bring to the workplace).

You can begin enjoying a retirement lifestyle this weekend. Let’s get started!

Weekend Retirement Subscription

Please fill out this form to subscribe to our Weekly Blog and/or our Newsletter. You can opt out of either one at any time.

Custom WordPress Web Design by FranksDesigns.com