We live in a kaleidoscope universe.
Possibilities abound, as do responsibilities, distractions, dreams + anxieties.
Moreover, the instantly available “expertise” on how to optimize any aspect of living can feel like an unfiltered tidal wave.
I retreated from it all yesterday.
For an afternoon + blissful evening. No computer, no phone.
A hardcover mystery novel & my ever-ready snuggle companion pup Ernie.
My to-dos beckoned & bellowed. But I tucked them in with us. And we all RESTED.
Especially when goals & deadlines feel imperative, rest can appear counter productive. When I sense I am phoning in my gusto or when my most ardent creative pursuits feel heavy, I know to listen in to my inner-expert.
Rest, for me, is the re-seeding of RESILIENCE.
Time away without leaving.
No airplane ticket, no gas in the car necessary.
Turning off + tuning in.
Simplicity itself, really. But first we must see for ourselves what we know we need. We can complicate that part with a veil of should-thoughts about our immediate deadlines + deliverables.
Around noon yesterday I laughed at myself realizing my entire body was asking for rest.
My thinking was uninspired + tired.
I slept through my alarm the past couple mornings.
After my coffee, I wanted to nap.
Hello? Am I listening to myself?
Yesterday, I did.
This morning, I have a wag in my tail & my creative juices flow with new energy.
Do you honor TIME OUT or TIME IN when you feel draggy? What are your REST + RESILIENCE strategies? I’d love to hear your restoratives.
In celebration of REST + RESILIENCE.
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