Embracing Rest: Pausing in the In-BetweenDec 27, 2023
I Almost Didn't Write This...
As I am in resting mode during this week between Christmas and New Year. In the past, I'd fill this time with plans – shows, museum visits, and social gatherings. However, over the years, I've discovered the benefits of deep rest during this period. It's become my time for introspection, a space to simply be.
This departure from a hectic schedule wasn't an immediate realization. I used to believe in maximizing every moment with activity, fearing that a pause would equate to lost time. Yet, experience has shown me that this intentional break allows me to emerge with more ideas, heightened productivity, and a rejuvenated spirit I the New Year.
Scientifically speaking, our brains work in cycles of focus and rest..or they need to, even if we don’t want it that way. We have limits, especially mentally. Continuous mental work without breaks results in cognitive fatigue, which diminishes our ability to concentrate, solve problems, and generate creative ideas.
The act of being present and embracing stillness is a gift we seldom grant ourselves. Our culture encourages perpetual productivity, urging us to give endlessly. However, it's crucial to acknowledge that this continuous giving is a double-edged sword, fostering burnout and leaving us depleted.
So, consider this my invitation to slow down during this week of in-betweenness. Even if only for a fleeting moment, allow yourself to relish in the joy of being fully present. If you're intrigued, I've included a meditation above to guide you for your own moment to pause.
I’d love to hear what you think of this (but you won’t get a reply until the New Year!). Here's to a restful and rejuvenating pause in the busyness of life!
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