If you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out of your mind, please read this poem by Steve Taylor, Author of The Calm Center, and then meditate on it. If it resonates with you, I suggest you join me and Tonja Waring for an amazing world-class retreat called Create Your Optimum State of InnerFitness® at Miraval Resort Spa September 27th – October 1st, 2017. Rejuvenation and relaxation at its best, guaranteed. So read on:

The Pressure to Do

The pressure to do never stops

even when your diary is empty, with every

loose end tied up

even when you’ve guided every project to

completion

and know you’ve earned the right to relax

and gloat over your achievements, at least for a

while –

the pressure won’t let you rest.

The pressure is never satisfied

like an animal with an endless appetite

that devours every activity, then hunts for

more.

It’s with you as soon as you wake up

and keeps nagging and nudging at you throughout the

day

and sometimes keeps you awake at night

whispering, “There’s still so much to do”

reminding you of what you didn’t manage to

do today

and what you have to do tomorrow.

The pressure to do convinces you

that all of this activity is necessary

that the present only exists to serve the future

that moments are empty spaces which must be

filled

that time is an enemy, and your life is a constant

battle

and every achievement – even just every

completed task – is a tiny victory.

But you don’t have to let the pressure push

you –

maybe you’ve done enough already.

Maybe there’s nothing more to do

apart from what’s really necessary.

Maybe further achievements

will only dilute what you’ve already done.

Stand firm, and resist the impulse

stand back, and let the momentum fade.

Relax, and let the pressure pass you by

then guide yourself gently back to a standstill

like a train that slows and finally comes to rest.

Then your life will be open up like a landscape all around you

and time will expand until there is no time at all only free-flowing unbroken space.

Then the pressure to do will give way

to the ease and grace of being.

– Steven Taylor, The Calm Center

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