Please give yourself the space you need.
Don't book a holiday,
book a whole lot of Me Days.

Kick start Project Me,
by booking 2 weeks off just for you.
Take some of your favourite books and movies and music.
Take a sketch book and a notebook.
Write down your thoughts and ideas.
Go for long relaxing walks.
Only decide each morning what you will do that day.
Be as free as a bird.
This isn't just a 2 week project.
The first 2 weeks will kick start Project Me.
Ask friends or family to communicate only with text messages.
Switch off your mobile and only switch on twice a day to receive and send messages. Once in the morning and once in the evening.
Also only deal with e-mails once a day.  Imagine you are on a two week retreat in India where there is no internet.
Ideally someone at work would deal with any urgent e-mails while you are away. Leave an automatic reply stating your 2 week absence.
The most important thing is that you are separating yourself off from your current way of life as much as is possible, in order to free yourself of your current way of thinking and allow for a new way of thinking to unfold.
Take yourself off into nature and just sit quietly, and truly see and hear and smell and touch all that is around you.
Perhaps this will be the first time you have truly done this since being a child.
Do something completely crazy.
Dance where no one can see you.
Sing your heart out.
Roly poly down a grass slope.
If you are in a remote spot, take off your clothes and lie down in the undergrowth.
Be Natural, Be Nature.
Let Go.
Swim naked in a lake or river.
Lie in the sun and feel the warmth.
Don't ask yourself, why am I here?
Simply acknowledge that you...
Truly Are Here. You are Now Here.   ( Nowhere )
You may only begin to understand that today.
If you can  understand that you are
Now Here, that you are truly and intensely in this very moment, 
within the two week period,
Project Me will have been an incredible success.
As soon as you have completely connected with the present moment, 
you can begin to go forward with your new life.
Your New Life will unfold naturally and without effort.
We are all so good at giving ourselves projects, things to be done,  or helping others with their projects.
But, the most important project is....
Project Me.
As soon as you think of yourself as a Project and give yourself the respect and attention you so deserve, then all else will follow beautifully.
This may well be the first time you have stopped to think very seriously about your life since leaving college or university.
Take yourself back to that age and try and remember how you felt.
What were your hopes and dreams?
How did you imagine that your life would unfold?
This may well turn out to be the most important thing you have ever done in your life. From now on your life can be completely different,  in a very positive and meaningful way.
As with anything that involves change, there needs to be a catalyst.
It is far too easy to just drift along from day to day,
from week to week and year to year.
The simple idea behind Project Me, is to create the catalyst for change within you and your life.
The change won't happen just by itself, or at least it is unlikely too.
Sometimes a person's life can dramatically  change after a serious accident or being made redundant or a misfortune of one kind.
But, why wait for fate to take charge?
You can decide today with Project Me to fix a date in your diary, and instigate a very positive change in your life.
You need wait no longer.
It is as simple as booking a holiday.
And as with a holiday,  you wont regret it.
Go for it.
It is upto you.
Do it Today.
And when you return you will follow a new order.
You will allow at least 1 hour per day during the week and
2 hours per day at the weekend to continue Project Me.
Plus one whole day per month.
I believe this to be a realistic target for anyone who truly wants to see a change in their life.


Published: Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:40

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Thich Nhat Hanh 

Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. 
It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. We bring our body into harmony while we wash the dishes, drive the car or take our morning shower.

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