Mindful Musings: Do you procrastinate? A MUST READ BOOK

In the Mindful Musings series, Dr Elise Bialylew explores the topic of procrastination. Read on to discover a life changing book to read and an effective mindfulness technique to practice… 


There are some books that really do change your life. 


The War of Art: winning the creative inner battle, by Steven Pressfield, really did change mine. 


He explores the phenomenon of “resistance” – the force that leads to procrastination and blocks us from manifesting what really matters to us. 


As he writes:   

“The more resistance you experience, the more important your unmanifested art/project/enterprise is to you – and the more gratification you will feel when you finally do it.”


When we realise that our procrastination tendencies are not personal, that we all feel resistance and blocks sometimes. It helps us overcome its effect in our lives. 


Next time you feel you’re procrastinating turn towards the procrastination and explore it mindfully. 


You can bring the mindful practice of R.A.I.N to the experience of procrastination.

R – recognise you’re procrastinating

A – Accept and allow. Don’t be hard on yourself (there’s a reason you’re procrastinating

I – Investigate the experience in your body and mind 

  • what’s in the way of taking steps forward
  • what’s the feeling underneath the procrastination: doubt, fear, uncertainty?

N – nurture yourself with self compassion rather than beating yourself up. There’s a reason you’re procrastinating and there’s a way around it if you bring kind attention to it. 





"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."




Elise Bialylew is the author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Plan, and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign.

A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project.

Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a 2019 AFR Women of Influence.

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