“ In the relentless busyness of modern life, we have lost the rhythm between work and rest….all life requires a rhythm of rest. There is a rhythm in our waking activity and the body’s need for sleep. There is a rhythm in the way day dissolves into night, and night into morning. There is a rhythm as the active growth of spring and summer is quietened by necessary dormancy of autumn and winter. There is a tidal rhythm, a deep, eternal conversation between the land and the sea. In our bodies, the heart perceptibly rests after each life-giving beat; the lungs rest between the exhale and the inhale….”
-Wayne Muller, wellbeing author of ‘Sabbath; Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in our Busy Lives.’
Muller describes the way in which rhythm is part of our life, in the world around us and in our bodies. When we are out of rhythm we generally feel it – and over time it starts to take it’s toll on our health and overall wellbeing. Also having just read ‘The Druid Boy’ by Gemma and Ruth Keatley it is easy to see in this day and age how easy it is to loose ‘rhythm’ in the busyness of life. In the world today there is very little rhythm between rest and play – it often feels like everything is always ‘on’ and to slow or stop can feel impossible at times.
We’ve just gotten over Christmas and the beginning of the New Year, where we have worked full steam ahead to get those few days off to do nothing but relax. Unfortunately that’s often not the way it ends up. Many people take time off to have a break and find themselves catching up with friends and family, driving to holiday destinations where everyone else seems to have also congregated and 10 days ‘off’ have sailed by and it’s time to work again.
How hard is it these days to break that cycle of ‘go go go’?
It’s incredibly hard when we’re all used to the lightening pace of the world around us.
The only way we can do it is by giving ourselves permission to’ just be.’
Just stop. Just sleep. Just enjoy your meal. Just enjoy a lazy day at the beach. Just say no. Just say yes.
This may come easy or hard depending on lots of things – How in need you are of the time out? What’s your personality type? Who else does your decision making effect? The list goes on.
Regardless, it really comes back to you and your choices. Nothing will change unless you make it change.
Starting the New Year I’m encouraging you to think about a gift you can give yourself in 2016.
What do you need this year?
More sleep. More laughter. More creativity. More presence. More stillness.
If you can create space for any (or all these things) in your life then I know you’ll feel the rewards of your commitment to yourself.
If you need a little help creating space in your life for presence and stillness, or you need help learning how to be present in your life then our Meditation for Life program might be practical for you. Meditation for Life shares different practical mediation techniques to help you in finding rhythm and practicing mindfulness in your day to day. Even if you have only 90 seconds, you can practice some of these techniques – it doesn’t take a lot of time, just awareness and a want to do it.
Our Term 1 Meditation for Life classes in Wantirna start back on Thursday the 4th of February. If you’re interested in joining you can learn more here or contact Lisa on 0403 559 536 to book.