“The day’s work is not complete until the mind can rest as sound as the body.” ~ Patty Frisco

I spent two weeks at a spiritual retreat overlooking the ocean in Brazil several years ago.  I was the only American surrounded by others from every part of the world, including Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.

The idea of taking off two weeks was unimaginable to me, but to the others, it was simply normal.  In fact, many were heading off to spend another couple of weeks touring different parts of South America.

We were engrossed in deep conversations, looking at nature, walks on the beach, eating delicious organic meals, reading and attending evening lectures.

About a week into the retreat, one of the facilitators said to me, “Katana, I notice that you are always doing something.  You need to learn how to be present and just BE.”

Then she said something to me that I have never forgotten.  “For the mind to be totally healthy, we need eight hours of focus, eight hours of sleep and eight hours of allowing the mind to wander.” 

I think about this idea all the time and find it hard to do in our society.  Think about it for yourself and look at your day.  Ask yourself:

  • How do you allow your mind to wander?
  • What would that even look like to you?
  • How can you create the time every day for this to occur?

This is called mindfulness and comes during times of meditation, doing something you love like art, day dreaming, being in nature, bike riding, yoga.  This is when we become our most creative and where we can release tension and raise our vibrations. It is also an important aspect of self-care. I invite you to ponder this idea and then schedule time in your calendar to just BE PRESENT.

Katana Abbott, CFP® practitioner, is a Wealth Coach™, host of the Smart Women Talk Radio™, founder of the Smart Women Companies with over 1 million subscribers globally, inspirational speaker and author of several books. She began her financial planning career in 1987 and became a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. In 2003, Katana created Smart Women’s Coaching® to offer financial coaching and educational workshops for women in transition who are dealing with caregiving, death of a loved one, divorce, retirement or looking to create or grow a business.  She founded Smart Women’s Empowerment in 2008 to bring free financial empowerment resources and programs to women around the world through her team of Contributing Experts. To learn more about Katana Abbott visit www.katanaabbott.com.

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