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How to Focus Inside When Our Outer World is in Flames

Lately I've been talking about personal evolution and how to work on yourself internally. 

It's not easy. Especially when it feels like our external world is burning up in flames. When you're so stressed or following the news 24/7 or out protesting, who has time to breathe and create mental space? 

So it's finding the balance between external chaos and internal peace. How do we do this? Here are some things that work for me:

1. Listen to your internal dialogue. If someone invites you somewhere and you don't want to go - don't. You shouldn't have to make excuses for not going or putting yourself first. Make your time precious and focus your energy wisely. 

2. Make a list of your internal goals for the year and tape them on your mirror. It sounds silly but it works - I remember these several things each day because I am forced to see it every morning and night. Bonus: I will share my list in my next newsletter. 

3. Be alone for at least ten minutes a day. Do not do anything. Just sit. Going to the gym doesn't count. When you're alone and doing nothing, where does your mind go? Pay attention to your struggle or dialogue. If you start getting negative or going somewhere that's stressful, take note of it. Maybe that's something you add to your list. 

4. Go social media free for 1-7 days. It will allow you to focus on you, and not what others are doing. It will also free you from the news and other depressing events going on, for the short term. 

What do you think? What other suggestions do you have? I know it's stressful times, trust me, it's not as easy as it seems. But if we try to maintain some level of inner peace, we can find the energy to survive this rather unstable and chaotic time. 

Leave your response in the comments! 

See you soon, 

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