7 Ways To Come Back To Life


 

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My own story includes depression, a very light, high-functioning form that I didn’t even notice back then. My horizon had shrunk, I had kicked my friends out of my life and told myself that I was happy.
 

A while ago, I wrote an article about this on Tiny Buddha, and to this day people tell me they resonate with it. Especially now in times of a pandemic, it seems to be everybody’s story.
 

Your mission today is to learn 7 ways to come back to life.
 
 

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Task 1: Stop beating yourself up

 

Before I continue, I want to make one thing crystal clear. This is not meant to put pressure on you! I’m not going to tell you to “live your best life now!”
 

The truth is that many people struggle currently – you might be working from home, looking after your children, or struggling with isolation. Do whatever you can, when you can it, and plan in lots of rest and downtime. The world is stressful right now, so cut yourself some slack.
 

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Task 2: 7 ways to come back to life

 

  1. Pick only 1 of these steps. After three or more days, pick a second one, and so forth.
  2. Go to bed at the same (reasonable) hour three nights in a row. See if you like it, and if you do, extend it.
  3. Eat one healthy meal a day. No more than that, just one. Do what you like for the rest of your daily meals.
  4. Pursue your passion for 10 minutes every day. Yes, it’s possible! You can of course do more, but don’t forego doing what lights you up just because you don’t have time.
  5. Take a 15 minute walk three times a week. Again, you’re of course “allowed” to do more.
  6. Listen to theta waves. It sounds weird and I have no scientific explanation, but it worked wonders for me.
  7. Find a group or at least one other person who shares your passion – online or offline.

 

Vlog 3: Drone Practice, Rainy Days, And Trouble With A Passion For Hiking


 

It’s vlog #3!
 

Footage was a little harder to come by for the first half of this month, because the spring weather has been awfully grey and wet! But never fear, I managed a few spectacular pictures and videos later on, and they’re all featured in the vlog.
 
 

A passion for hiking

 

As a multipassionate, I love many different things, and what some of you might not know is that I have a passion for hiking. Currently I’m a little physically challenged, as you’ll see in the video. I went to a breathtaking place and paid a bit of a price for it. But, see for yourself!
 

Music:
“Photoalbum” from Bensound.com
“Distant Fortune” from Epidemic Sound
“Meet me in the Hills” from Epidemic Sound
“Backtracker” from Epidemic Sound
 
 

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How To Align Your Finances With Your Values


 

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Money still seems to have an “ick” factor for many of us. We associate riches with being materialistic and unspiritual, and in many cases, with being unscrupulous and exploitative.
 

What’s it got to do with you? The thing is, money tends to enhance who you are already. In order to get more, it helps to make sure you’ll “become more of” something you like being.
 

Your mission today is to align your finances with your values.
 
 

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Task 1: What are your values?

 

I’ve spoken about this subject before, so I’ll keep it fairly brief. Unlike beliefs, which are learned and can be changed, values are the unchangeable core of your very being. They make you who you are.
 

To find your top 5 values, I recommend downloading this free worksheet. Begin by highlighting every value that you think applies to you, spontaneously and without thinking about it too much. Then go deeper and use the knock-out system until you’re left with about 5 top values.
 

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Task 2: Align your finances with your values

 

Next, look at where your money is going and check whether this is in alignment with your values. This is of course unique to you and your values! To make it a little less abstract, I’ll give you examples from my own finances:

  • One of my values is fairness and equality, and so I don’t invest in exploitative companies. My investments are in a “green fund” instead.
  • I have almost completely stopped buying clothes from shops. I buy handmade things from individuals with a passion for sawing and/or knitting on Etsy.

Am I perfect? Definitely not. But even adjusting parts of your spending and investing to match what you believe in, makes a big difference. More examples are fair-trade chocolate or coffee, ecologically friendly cleaning products and local fruit and veg rather than imported varieties.
 

Feeling good about what you do with your money can make a huge difference. It shifts your entire attitude and makes you more receptive to more abundance at the same time.
 

The Real Reason Why You’re Too Damn Busy For Your Passions

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I’m on record saying that it isn’t true we don’t have enough time for our passions (on the front page of this website, for one thing), and I stand by this statement. The reason why the headline of this article seems to contradict this, is that we fill our lives with too many things.
 

Simply put, we would have all the time in the world, if we weren’t so determined to fill every minute of every day with activity. It’s not our “fault”, either: We simply live in a world which seems to demand of us to be all things to everyone. And because that’s all we know, we assume it’s always been this way.
 

What if I told you that this is a relatively new phenomenon historically, and that it’s possible even today, to return to a saner life rhythm?
 
 

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How work used to be divided

 

Of course the situation varied from one country to another, but where I’m from – central Western Europe – up to about 100 years ago there were certain societal structures in place. For one thing, there was a strict separation by class.
 

If you were a man and part of the aristocracy, you may have had a job, perhaps as a lawyer or a businessman. Women looked after the household, but not by picking up a brush: They were responsible for directing the servants, overseeing the work, and putting together menues.
 

Both men and women of the upper classes pursued what we would call passions today, things like playing an instrument, painting, or crafting. In contrast, the lower classes did all the hard work in the house and garden and also brought up the gentry’s children. Of course, they also had to look after their own children and household, which means they were too busy to pursue an art or craft or any other passion. There are a few exceptions, but most of the famous composers, painters, and writers we still know today, came from the wealthier classes.
 

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We’re both masters and servants

 

It was a terribly unjust system and it’s a great accomplishment that we’ve achieved a much fairer and more equal society (although there’s much work left to be done). What we’re overlooking is that these days, we expect of ourselves – and society expects of us – that we do the work of both the historical upper and lower classes.
 

Most people nowadays have a job which takes up a significant amount of hours every weekday. Then at home, they look after their children and do all the house- and garden work all on their own. In addition, they must keep in good physical shape and have a busy social life, whilst also pursuing any number of passions. We believe this is “normal”.
 

Meanwhile, a philosophy has taken hold since around the time of the Industrial Revolution, that teaches us to stay as busy as possible. We accept that working hard is a virtue and something everyone should aspire to. At the same time, while we’re encouraged to pursue our passions, it’s not socially acceptable to prioritise this or, God forbid, place more importance on it than on the aforementioned hard work.
 
 

We’re too busy because we’re exploiting ourselves

 

Before I catch too much flak for stating the above thoughts, please be assured that I’m aware I’m using very broad strokes to paint this picture here, and that in reality there was a lot more nuance to it. However, my main points stand. We have absorbed and accepted beyond questioning the fact that the way we live today is the way it’s supposed to be. We’re so used to being too busy that we look at everything even slightly divergent with mistrust or open ridicule.
 

In other words, we have fought for our freedoms politically and won so much – democracy, participation, equality (again, there’s a lot of work left to do, but compared to only a few hundred years ago, we’ve come a long way indeed) – only to enslave ourselves with our internalised expectations. We demand of ourselves to do the work that was historically done by the lower classes, as well as that which used to be reserved for the upper class, plus their pastimes and passions. And we expect to handle all this easily and be happy.
 

What we’ve created instead, is lives of constant exhaustion and a permanent vague feeling of not being enough. We’re simply too busy. Our self-esteem is so low that anyone who gets more done than we do in even one area of life, instantly makes us feel miserable and like a failure, and we look at them with envy and a disdain born from fear.
 

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The inner revolution

 

Another thing we tend to look down upon is the need to fit in with our peers. We regard it as a weakness, when really it’s a deep human instinct and roots in our need to survive. For most of history, we have been dependent on the “herd”. These days, this dependence is mostly emotional, in that we need social contacts, but it still plays a huge part in our psychological and even physical health, so don’t discard it.
 

At the same time, it’s no longer fatal to disagree with the majority. In view of the circumstances I described above, I’d argue that in order to live a happy, fulfilled life, you almost have to.
 

I’ve made so many videos and posts about these things! The reasons why I keep repeating it is that swimming against the current of society remains difficult, no matter how long you’ve been doing it for. You need to protect your energy and sanity, and choose joy and passion over and over. That’s why I offer this content for free every week.
 
 

No longer too busy for your passions

 

You don’t have to do it all by yourself. For example, you don’t have to do all the house work on your own. I’m single and childless and I have a cleaner. Could I do the work myself? Heck, yes! Do I want to? No! I prefer to preserve my time and energy so I can show up for my clients as the best possible version of myself. This requires rest and downtime, just the way any professional has done it at all times historically before circa the early 20th century.
 

Let yourself off the hook and breathe the free air of having time and space for the things that matter. Time for yourself, your loved ones, and your passion(s). It’s nothing short of a revolution, and it’s why I chose to dedicate my life to supporting people who wish to do this. Get in touch if you’re ready for the transformation.

Pursuing Your Passion: From Intention To Action


 

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Someone wise once said: “Nothing’s as far as the path from good intentions to a good deed.” We’re all familiar with this, aren’t we?
 

Although we often cite a lack of time or money, the real reasons why we don’t pursue our passions as much as we’d like to, lie within. Today’s mission is to get from intention to action.
 
 

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Task 1: Create the right conditions

 

Waiting for the conditions to be just right will have you waiting for a very long time. If you’re serious about prioritising your passion, you need to create favourable conditions and set yourself up for success.
 

Barring an actual emergency, many situations can be planned for. Let’s look at what can stand in your way and how to prevent it:

  • You’re exhausted – Ruthlessly insist on your sleep, breaks and downtime.
  • You’re unwell or ill – Take the time to heal. If you’re chronically ill, learn how this affects you and work with it.
  • You’re broke – Take the Wild Money program. Read books about personal finance. Budget for your passion.
  • Your partner/boss doesn’t respect boundaries – Be firm. Allow them the same courtesy. Plan in quality time with your loved ones. Look for a new job.

 

Task 2: From intention to action

 

Now that you’ve set yourself up for action, you need to get going. Immediately after watching this video, do 10 minutes of what lights you up.
 

Set your daily minimum for pursuing your passion (again, 10 minutes is fine!). Also set your desired time spent, such as an hour or two. If you’re tired or busy, look at Task 1 but also spend your minimum time on your passion.
 

The important thing is to stop any further planning and actually take the first step right now. Follow it up with daily actions to form a habit that will get you from intention to action.