Awura's April Reflection - How To Live Long(er)

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Awura is the founder of Creative Women Collective, an ex-lawyer specialized in intellectual property and incredibly passionate about sparking courage in creative women. And fries. And Brené Brown. And podcasts.

Photo: Carly Wollaert

In my monthly reflections on www.thecreativewomencollective.com I will push myself to share an unfiltered review of my month. A look into the behind scenes of CWC without all of the (awesome) Inshot effects which we use (and love) in our Instagram Stories. Check out March' reflection here.

April has been interesting. I unintentionally stopped meditating almost completely, and looking back, this influenced my month tremendously.

I tried to force a lot of things to happen. Although the #cwcmindset is all about #grindoverglamour and putting all of yourself into your dreams, there is an incredibly thin line between “grinding” and “forcing”.

But, how do you distinguish the two? 

I don’t know if I have figured this out 100%. I probably don’t. However, what I do know for sure, is that integrating silence into your daily routine should not be optional, but as normal as drinking, eating and sleeping. Why? Because silence is necessary to put your life into perspective. More silence equals more perspective. When you implement silence into your daily routine, you will operate less from a place of reactiveness, and rather from a place of choice.

Silence is a fascinating thing. A little while back I watched a conversation between Rich Roll and Tim Ferriss, and Tim’s experiences during a silence retreat (spoiler: he almost went mad). From this interview I learned that silence speaks volumnes. (If you’re curious check it out here: https://youtu.be/S9qeJ5oKfbo). 

However messy April has been, I am thankful to have re-learned the lesson above. As mindfulness expert Nicoline Smalbraak (http://nicolinesmalbraak.com) once shared with me: “Meditation is the gateway to a long(er) and (more) intentional life.”

P.S. Around the end of April I chose to stop forcing all things and everything, and ever since a new flood of opportunities has been flowing into my life. More about this flow in May’s Reflection!