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So much noise Inside our head Our thoughts Our to-do list Work commitments Social media Twit, twit, Twitter Facebook Disturbing news A million things Fighting for space Space so scarce Turn down that volume. Unplug. Tune out the noise coming at you. Tune in to yourself Listen. Unwind. And that’s the gist of what I am about to share with you. Like me, if you are sensitive to sound and cringe, finding it annoying, your response is absolutely normal! The stress from the noise coming at you is only increasing on a daily basis. The good news is, if you are conscious of this noise, you’ve already taken the first step towards turning down the volume. Sure, we can just switch off from everything, but that is not the ideal solution with all that we’re involved in, and have to do. I am about to show you a two-step method…

It is a beautiful morning and I set out for the gym down the road, looking forward to a vigorous workout. My first stop is the treadmill. I press the “quick start”, set the speed and get ready to do some brisk music-coordinated walking, thanks to the thumping beat from the speaker. I appreciate the glass walls that encompass my gym. It offers a clear view of the road for a good 50 meters. I am glad the gym makes a nice vantage point to watch, observe, think. I particularly love the treadmill as I can set it and get a good cardio workout as my mind wanders quite happily. I can shift the focus away from myself. It is a great time to just look. Observe. Breathe. Be mindful. And I spy… An old man inspecting his face in a small handheld mirror. He has a lot of grey…

Spring may not be here, but I am going ahead anyway – and spring cleaning – my life. Life is so hectic these days that all that is left is the stress from rushing around. It is practically impossible to keep pace. And it is not just me – it is just about everyone I know – young and old. In fact the retired people I know are even busier than I am – because they are all tied up doing the things they always planned to do, but never had the time to do before. Makes me think: “What is this life, if, full of care We have no time to stand and stare?” The only staring I seemed to be doing these days was blankly when  trying to recall something from my already over-crowded list. I realized that now is a good time to take stock and find…

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