Self care is getting more important these days, the main reason being that the modern human being living in the city rushes from appointment to appointment trying to get more mileage out of the day.

It took me a while to “detox” from this idea that more is better. Slowing down, getting to know people and honing skills that are deep rather than superficial takes time. Between taking mrt, bus, cycling or driving, I often decide to drive as “the time is tight!”

We are all creatures of habits. In the book, “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg, habits are formed and each time we do something, our old habits kicked in as the trigger is the same. Someone has wisely shared with me that “if you keep doing the same thing again and again, how can you expect the results to be different?”

Though I know it theoretically, the comfort of the old ways and the energy spent to learn new things are some times weighed as “loss aversion” versus what I can potentially gain.

Our own Cognitive Biases are so strong that we will do anything to prevent loss than think of what potential gain can be.

Yet in the Bible, we have been reminded to “Be Still, and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10.

We are human “beings” and not “doings”. Fruits take time to ripen. Animals take time to grow. There is a Chinese saying that goes “百年树人,十年树木” meaning it takes a hundred years to groom a person and 10 years to grow a tree. Why are we in a hurry?

Take time to be still and do your “ooomph”….Take time to ‘修身养息’

Perhaps mindfulness is just a breath away and in Gen 2:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Don’t play play. Breathing is God-given privilege. Take time to breathe 🙂


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