May flew by - I feel like I had zero chance to Stop Time this month! But... I attempted most of the daily activities. If you want to try them to, you can download a PDF with all 25 of them outlined here. Day One - Assembling Your Life Garden This turned out to be a massive wake-up call as to some of the 'plants' in my 'garden' that weren't getting enough attention. Such as my marriage. OOPS. Day Two - Start A Gratitude Journal I did this for a few days and then forgot about i
I think it's probably illegal to attempt a challenge that is all about mindfulness without mentioning meditation. Who out there meditates regularly? I'm a massive fan of the app Headspace - I find Andy Puddicombe's voice reassuring and calming. I've racked up 1,338 minutes on the app's guided meditations... but I've probably been the character in the cartoon here for at least half of those minutes. I may suck at meditation but I can't say enough about how much I appreciate th
Today's Stop Time practice is all about cutting those ties that bind... ✂️ Most of us have a tendency to over-commit ourselves. We say yes to things we'd rather say no to all the time. Today's Stop Time practice is to start chopping all the commitments we really don't need in our lives. 1 - Take a look at your current commitments. Write down everything that comes to mind. For example, if you have a dog, you need to feed it and walk it. 2 - Now think of all the micro-commitmen
Today's Stop Time challenge asks you to turn off that snooze button...for good. Start your days right. Go take care of yourself - a cup of tea, a bit of yoga, perhaps some meditation - whatever it takes to get your brain (and body) in the right place. Then - focus on your most important task. What is your non-negotiable? Yesterday, we tried a bit of 'deathbed wisdom'. What is it that you *really* want to do with your life? Do something towards that goal each day - and do it b
Today's Stop Time practice is a little exercise called Deathbed wisdom 💀 This is the morbid one! 1 - Sit down, close your eyes, breathe deeply and reeeeelax. 2 - Imagine you're lying on your deathbed. Think about all the things in your life that have brought you joy - what makes you smile? 3 - Now, go the other way - what do you wish you'd done or said? What do you wish you'd been brave enough to try? Where did you waste time? Who do you wish was still in your life? 4 - Feel
Today's Stop Time practice is all about foooooood 😋 Every time you sit down for a meal today, do the following: 1 - take ten deep breaths and relax 2 - give thanks for the food in front of you 3 - look at it properly 4 - take the time to smell it 5 - really taste it - chew at least 20 times before swallowing (I inhale my food so this is going to be a challenge for me...) It would be lovely if every meal were an event - if all your favourite people were seated around the tabl
Today's Stop Time practice is Time with the stars⭐ 1 - Find a spot uncontaminated by city lights, lie down under the stars, and consider the following... 2 - A star’s lifetime comprises of several billion years. The light that you're seeing from the stars above is not in the present. You are looking into the past. It takes the light from those stars hundreds of thousands of years to reach us. 3 - Soooo... how significant are your problems in the grand scale of things? We're j
Today's Stop Time challenge is to figure out exactly where your time goes.
For all you fitbit nuts, you'll probably love the opportunity to track yet another thing... 😜
Here's the practice for today:
1 - Set a timer on your phone for 15 minutes.
2 - Every time it goes off, write down exactly what you've done for the past 15 minutes.
3 - Repeat until bedtime.
This is not a 'productivity' exercise to cram more in to your day.
It's simply a way to figure out if we're spe
Today's Stop Time activity is to practice being grateful. Go on, do it, it'll warm the cockles of your icy heart! 😜 Scribbling down stuff you're grateful for is a really simple way to feel more content with our lives just as they are.💗 Most of us have an insane number of things for which to be grateful. If we spend just a few minutes listing as many of these as we can, it's a quick and easy method to stop wishing for MORE out of our time on this planet. Here's my "gratitude