You can’t love anything at speed

I’m writing this having just returned from a weekend yoga retreat in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland. I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to start the year. Having an opportunity to reconnect with the sounds & smells of nature, to refocus on myself, coupled with delicious vegetarian food & invigorating conversation with like-minded people. Best of all with virtually no mobile reception, I had no option but to disconnect!

I’ve spoken about my love of yoga before, & the benefits it brings to both individuals & workplaces. For me, my weekly yoga fix helps me keep an even keel, both physically & mentally.  Plus, it is the only time that I can honestly say that I truly switch off. With a hectic few months ahead on the work & home front, this retreat couldn’t have come at a better time. A chance to reenergise & refocus for the year ahead, & most importantly practice what I preach!

One of the key messages reinforced at this retreat was gratitude. A quote cited by the yoga instructor Dan really resonated with me ‘You can’t love anything at speed’.  With the pace of life many of us live, we fail to be grateful for the little things each day. Our family, friends, a caring neighbour or colleague, running water, good health, or even the ‘laughter line’ (aka wrinkle) that has appeared on our face! As the saying goes, we often don’t stop to smell the roses.

One of the things I am grateful for is meaningful work that I love, where I can utilise my strengths, & which is both energising & rewarding. Often this important dimension, whether paid or unpaid work, is overlooked when it comes to an individual’s wellbeing. Considering the average Australian spends a third of their life at work, both individuals & employers have a vested interest in creating thriving workplaces. Don’t miss the article from our guest contributor Kate James from Total Balance Group, who delves into the three essential elements for a fulfilling career.