The other day I woke up slightly anxious. I knew after having done my planning the night before, that I had a lot going on that day. I get anxious when I have a lot to do and don't have any more time that day than I did the day before to get stuff done. Business and client related tasks were going to over power my day it seemed. On top of feeling anxious, I felt guilty. I wouldn't get the time I needed/wanted with my daughter. My heart was sinking as I quickly drank my morning coffee and said "no baby, I can't right now," after she asked me to play with her.
As soon as I recognized how I was feeling, I decided to fully check-in with my body. I asked myself, "what's really behind this anxiety?" I took a deep breath and went within. I was curious all of a sudden. I had accomplished much more in a day than was on the list for this particular day. So why the anxiety? Just as soon as I dropped within, it became clear. I had fallen back into my old thinking that being busy meant being important. That false persona ALWAYS brought me anxiety. So, I decided to turn everything upside down and inside out.
One of my favorite books is by Steve Chandler, called Time Warrior. This book changed my entire perspective of time. Chandler wrote that time bends and expands with us as we slow down and really honor the innate creative beings that we are. Basically, be true to you and take action towards your passions and watch time expand to support you in your work. Beautiful. Love it.
It seriously does work. So, going back to this day that I was feeling anxious...I decided to just flip it. First, I changed the story in my head. I have so much time to do everything that needs to get done. Second, I consciously changed what I was going to do that morning. I decided that playing with my daughter is very important to me. So, I dropped the list I was staring at and got down on the ground and played with her. I laughed, I ran and had a dance party. Then we journaled and colored.
After spending most of the morning enjoying it with my daughter, I felt it. I felt the energy to take action come through me. I felt it full force and I worked for a full hour with intense focus. My daughter, completely quenched with our play time together then went on to play on her own and kept herself occupied for that hour. I did client work at lightning speed. I got emails sent out...not long winded emails, but polite and to the point emails. In one hour I just flew through a lot of what was on my list fr the . Deep breath. Sigh of relief.
It was lunch time, then my daughter's nap time. We ate, read stories, then she went to sleep. I looked at my emails and my task list. I was going to work some more. Instead, I took a nap. While I was sleeping, emails rolled in, meetings were confirmed, contractors sent in completed work and even one contract I had been waiting on for weeks finally came in...signed on the dotted line.
Who would have thought that slowing down, taking it easy and really connecting to what is important in my day, allowed time to expand for me. Rather than me shoving my work down time's throat, time said, "Tell me everything you need today and REALLY want to do today and I will expand to support you."
Now you tell me, has this ever happened to you? What one thing could you change about your thinking and about how you approach your day that time can expand for you? Leave a comment below.
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Rubina Cohen is a mom, wife, serial entrepreneur, a self-proclaimed meditation junkie and a "warrior". She is on a mission to help women generate big impact and a generous income by discovering and speaking from their GENIUS. She blogs about the #crazyawesomelife and how other women can live one too. To learn more about Rubina, click here.