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The Long Game - Issue #205

Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #205
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #205 • View online
“You can not see your reflection in running water, only in still water.” Zen Master
We have large amounts of information coming at us all the time and we never sit back to listen to what is inside of us. We are always seeking more and more. More books, more podcasts, more information, more news, etc. I am just as guilty as the next person of this, but we need to find time to see our reflection. We need to cultivate stillness in our lives.
How often do you give yourself space to observe what you are feeling, the thoughts that come and go? Do you know what triggers you and cause you to lash out? Do you know why you believe the things you do? What do you truly value?
Answering these questions is not easy and takes practice. But, it starts with awareness. Instead of blindly going through the day rushing from task to task and checking off our to-do list, we must learn to become aware of our thoughts and our reactions. This is incredibly difficult as we age and juggle careers, kids, and family, but cultivating your intuition and awareness will have long-term benefits. Are you able to do some work in the short-term to benefit in the long run?
When we are just checking off the to-do list, we become short-term focused and lose our sense of purpose. We can allow our relationships to lapse because we aren’t having real conversations. We aren’t communicating with our partner about our needs and wants. Hell, most of us have no idea what those are anymore. We are pulled along by whatever the buzz is on the internet. If you’re feeling rushed through life and ready to make a change, you can.
Start by setting aside five minutes for yourself daily. Spend time focusing on your breath. When you create awareness around your breath, you will create awareness around your thoughts, your emotions, and your actions. Check-in with your body. Where are you holding tension? Do you tense up in that spot when you get stressed? What thought keeps coming back over and over again? Make note of those. Write it down and come back to it at the end of the day and reflect. Spend one month doing this practice. At the end of the month, see what the repetitive patterns are that keep popping up. From here, you can begin to look into those a little more deeply. You can create a plan for change to live life to the fullest.

Boredom and stillness are similar but different. With boredom, we are actively pursuing something else. We desire to be doing something. This “desire” leads to unfulfillment. It leads to the always searching nature of our existence. We believe once we get whatever we desire, everything will work out, but in reality, we will only desire something else. We never find fulfillment in who we are. If we can learn to accept boredom and sit in stillness, we might learn to accept ourselves.
The Stoics thought deeply about doing the right things and not being busy for busy’s sake. They believed in being present in what you are doing and focusing on the task at hand. In today’s world of constant multi-tasking, we could all incorporate this philosophy. To do truly great work, we must single-task and focus on what is important.
We can learn an incredible amount from philosophers of the past. I particularly subscribe to a few of the ways of thinking in the article. For example 1) Slow down to go fast - we must give ourselves space to comprehend all the information we take in. If you don’t allow your brain to shut off from time to time, it is very hard to solve the problems you are working with. There is a reason a lot of ideas come to you in the shower or while you are asleep; 2)Be intellectually humble - nobody has all the answers and if you aren’t able to say “I don’t know”, I have a hard time trusting you. While we all want to be right, changing our minds as new information comes to us is essential and, if we aren’t humble, this task can be a big struggle. This is why large companies are left in the dust by the start-ups from time to time. These companies believe their way is the only way and by the time they catch on, it is all over. Kodak and Sears are good examples.
Before I go, check out a few more links I found this week.
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In Health,

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Taylor Somerville

The Long Game is a newsletter for people that want to grow and challenge themselves. It is about the drive to better ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually while having the curiosity to enjoy the journey. I will include articles, podcast, videos, and blogs on a variety of topics ranging from psychology, fitness, meditation, and nutrition. I am a certified XPT Coach, I hold the Art of Breath certification, I am a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and hold the Aerobic Capacity certficate. Checkout my website to learn more about the services I offer.

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