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As I was preparing for my morning yoga/meditation practice (i.e. getting dressed; drinking a cup of hot water) I found myself hurrying through, trying to just 'get through' more quickly. As I noticed, I paused to see what was going on in my mind to influence my actions in this way. What my mind was saying was, "If I can hurry up and get through this, then I can rest!"......wait....what!? "Hurry up and get through" yoga and meditation so THEN I can relax?
Something's not right with that for me! I thought about what the past few days had looked like, and how my mind was perceiving the next few days to come. I had taught a few extra yoga classes, and then actually spend a good deal of time over the weekend INTENTIONALLY RESTING (i.e., not reading, watching TV, listening to a podcast/music, just simply laying on the couch, BEING). This was a very NEW behavior for me, as it wasn't coming off of a marathon of to=do's with my body/mind exhausted so that I new I had "earned it". About every minute or so my mind came up with a reason why I SHOULD NOT be "just laying there", that I was "wasting time", and the many other ways I could be "keeping busy"; but my BODY was SO SO SO happy! I decided to trust my body after the first day and allowed for some (thought not as much) quiet rest time the next day as well.
I continued to scan my mind and noticed that I had listened to an emotionally-charged conversation the day before, and today, am teaching classes again and preparing for travel and a workshop in a few days. My mind is racing around between the past and the future and my body is FEELING the EXHAUSTION that that creates!
Here's the shift that I realized I need and the practice that I am instilling:
1. SHIFT APPROACH IN HOW I DO: by 8:00a I had showered, done a 90-min yoga/meditation, journaled, ate breakfast, washed dishes, checked emails, washed a load of clothes- WHOA! What's important is that my ACTIVITY LEVEL was a reflection of my MENTAL ACTIVITY- WARP SPEED! No wonder my body was craving rest! Even if I had been lying in bed or sitting on the couch for that time, had my MIND been that active, I would STILL be craving rest!
2. EVERY ACTIVITY IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE/MAINTAIN PEACE: As I reflected on this mental activity and behavior, my Higher mind said "You know, if your PRACTICE was super slow, mindful, breath-infused, peaceful, it would BE RESTFUL and you wouldn't be left RUSHING THROUGH to the next opportunity to REST. We can all do this, right? It's all in how we approach the task/situation.
CHALLENGE TO YOU: How can you approach your next to=do/action item as an opportunity to create/maintain peace; a restful state of being?
So much love, support, and restfulness to you!
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