Time out

This week, we appreciate feeling well.

All it takes is a few days with an enthusiastic flu bug to remind us of how good it feels to eat, relax and sleep through the night without incident.

Every once in a while, we create the perfect situation for illness to flourish and over the past few days it was my turn.

There was nothing to do but rest and reflect. Interestingly, I lost my digital appetite as well. I had time like I rarely have to allow my mind to wander wherever it wanted to. Watching the movie in my head was an interesting experience in the absence of any desire to consume media of any description. There are a lot of thoughts floating around up there that rarely get any attention.

I realized just how important it is to give myself time to dream.

Reading about Ifzal Zaffar, it is easy to see just how important that is.

When we shared his story, we were contacted by Ka Wai from Yau Tsim Police District inviting young ethnic minorities to join their Project Gemstone for free weekly Chinese classes — a good use of time.

We all have the opportunity to stretch time this Saturday night, switching off for Earth Hour and taking a time out from our electrified existence. Every time I do this, I am surprised by the number of things I leave plugged in all the time for no reason beyond the convenience of saving a few steps or seconds.

Life slows when we step out of the stream.

I started wondering if I had somehow created this bout of sickness to give myself a needed time-out but it wasn’t much of a time out. I was too uncomfortable to relax, too hungry to rest and too nauseous to eat. I decided that there are more pleasant ways to detox and more enjoyable ways to take a break when the time is right.

In the meantime, I am planning a little break into every day as I juggle clients and wrangle to-to lists.

Unlike money, we only have the time we have and there is no credit or savings or bonus. Planning ahead can offer some assistance, remembering to leave space for the unexpected and the spontaneous with enough flexibility to change our mind.

If you have more time than money at the moment, HK heartbeat is sponsoring one ticket to join Awakening of Love later this month simply by telling us why you or someone you love would appreciate the time out.

It seems hard to believe only a few months have passed since my friend Kim taught me the value of time and the importance of spending it wisely. Today, on her birthday, I am revisiting the lesson.

What does your budget look like?



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Events in our community this week

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20 (7:30-9:30pm) The Essence of Vegetarianism | dragonfly | details

21-29 (10am-4pm) How to Live Happily Every Day | Buddhist Door | details

22 (6:45-8:15pm) Be Your Best Self at Work | Shan Foo | details

22 (7-8:30pm) Reviewing HK’s Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan | Green Drinks | details

23 (8am-6pm) Business as a Catalyst for Change | The Economist | details

23 – 11 May (10:30am-12:30pm) Positive Discipline | Dr Susan Jamieson Integrative Medical Practice | details

23 (6:30-8pm) Social Media is Killing Art | Intelligence Squared Asia | details

24 (5-8pm) Conscious Creativity | n i i n | details

25 (9:45am-2:45pm) Saturday Farming | Growing Smart | details

25-26 (10am-5pm) Spiritual Guidance Workshop | The Sanctuary | details

25 (11:45am-1:30pm) Vegetarian Lunch | Meat Free Hong Kong | details

25 (2:30-5pm) Parent & Child Mindfulness | Luxe Nova Lifestyle Studio | details

25 (6-8pm; 8:30-11pm) Earth Hour Raw Dinner | Grassroots Pantry | details

25 (8:30pm) Earth Hour 2017 – For A Solar Powered City | WWF Hong Kong | details

26 (9am-12pm) Interfaith Walk for Values | details

26 (11:15am-5pm) Shap Long Beach Cleanup | Eco Marine | details

29 (4-5:30pm) TCM Herbal Tea Workshop | Balance Health | details

Coming up

March 312 April Awakening of Love
April 21-22 International Conference on Climate Change
May 13-14 IRIS – Your Escape
June 23-24 Evolution – Asia Yoga Conference

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Body Awakening – Cleansing and detox kit, probiotics, green food, organic supplements > details

Aquasana Hong Kong – Water filtration company specializing in drinking, shower and whole house filters > details

Holistic Pet Help – Online shop providing holistic food, health care and grooming products for companion animals > details

Sylvia Chan – Coach and Facilitator; Certified Law of Attraction Facilitator offering seminars, workshops and coaching > details

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A Day With Fé – A versatile clothing line that blends day wear and yoga wear with everyday comfort and elegant style > details

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Positiv Wellness – Group classes, pilates, yoga and meditation; plant-based, whole foods > details

Nice Company – All natural gourmet ice pops handmade in small batches > details

Nutrilicious – Certified nutritionist specializing in sports nutrition and weight management > details

The Urban Om – Full time freelance yoga teacher teaching group classes in studios and privates > details

Tamika Square – Studio offering classes, workshops and privates in flow, prenatal, postnatal and yin yoga > details

Guilt Free Food – Portion-controlled nutritious snacks > details

TYW Enterprises – Natural alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners > details

Coconut Matter Limited – Handmade, small batch, organic, Australia certified coconut products > details

Cork Culture Hong Kong – Online wine shop featuring biodynamic and organic wines > details

Ying Ying Yu – Yoga Teacher; Group Classes in Kowloon area and private classes anywhere > details

Centre of Mindfulness – The teaching of four foundations of mindfulness based on breathing > details

Sleeep – Capsule hotel promoting sleep and a sustainable culture > details

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