THE BLOG
07/15/2014 02:24 pm ET | Updated Sep 14, 2014

Are You Present In Your Life? Banish Busyness and Start Living Your Soul Signature

Your kids have piano, soccer, football, tutoring. You're working 45+ hours a week. Your friends want you to attend their dinner party. You're chairing a charity function. You're caring for your parents, managing their doctors' appointments, and keeping track of their finances. The car needs repair. And, by the way, taxes are due.

Everywhere we turn, we hear that it's time to unplug, take a breather, and reconnect with our true selves. We may actually take that advice. But vacations seem to fly by, "me time" falls by the wayside, and our attempts to meditate, pray, or practice stillness go right out the window. We're always "putting out fires," or "totally swamped." We think we can make success, love, even happiness happen. But are you willing to consider that it may be our busyness that's keeping us from real joy and peace?

Are you caught in the frenetic spin cycle of doing? Are you constantly anxious, physically exhausted, emotionally depleted? Is your hectic schedule hindering your job performance, your children, your love life, your friendships, or most importantly your own personal health and well-being?

If so, take a breath and ask yourself, "Do I feel present in my own life?

Chronic busyness can take a serious toll on us. When we're over-scheduled, we think it's our job to control or force events instead of letting things unfold with grace. We treat other people as if they're simply check marks on a to do list. And most importantly, we become detached from our divine selves and lose track of what we've really been put on earth to do.

Our addiction to busyness actually stems from fear. We're afraid we'll miss out on something, be thought of as unproductive, selfish, lazy, a bad parent, not good enough or, in a world that's more connected than ever, ironically, disconnected and left behind. We're afraid of how others will perceive us or, in our stillness, be forced to confront our regret, guilt, and shame.

Here's the truth: You may remain perpetually on the go because you're avoiding your feelings of unworthiness and afraid of finding your authentic expression in the world. You may be keeping yourself incredibly busy so you can put off thinking about your marital troubles, your child's failing grades, or the high stakes work project looming on the horizon. Busyness gives you an excuse to avoid showing up fully in any situation and escape the responsibility of living your soul signature.

The Divine dwells in every single part of your experience--even your busyness. You have access to everything you need in each moment. Stop the running, the frantic scrambling, and the worry. Just breathe. Restore your state of connection with yourself. When you allow space for soulfulness, you are present in every moment and your life becomes a living meditation. This is the state in which you can hear your true expression inside longing to be recognized. It is your soul's voice, guiding you toward the life you were meant to live.