I have had a lot on my mind lately so I thought I would get it out in a series of more serious posts…..so bear with me everyone!
As humans, and especially women, I feel like we all have this need to constantly be doing something. We are told from when we are little that we must be productive and not waste anytime during the day. But for a lot of people I’d bet that this adds a lot of unneeded (and unwanted for that matter!) stress and pressure in our already stress and pressure filled lives.
I think a lot people struggle with the act of simply relaxing. It has become almost taboo in our society to do nothing. And frankly doing nothing can sometimes be the best thing for you. Think about it! When you’re sick or injured, when you have a lot on your mind, or frankly just feel mentally (or physically) exhausted. These are all perfect (and justified!) reasons for us to clear our heads and let our bodies rest.
Easier said than done right? I myself struggle with letting my body rest and recuperate. I am a pretty antsy person and always feel the need to be going and going. So I really have to remind myself sometimes to just sloooow down.
Doing nothing shouldn’t bring about feelings of guilt or worry….but it often does in people. But there’s a difference between non-doing and doing nothing. It’s the choice. You can choose to clear your mind and let yourself rest (non-doing), which is much different than just being lazy and unproductive (doing nothing). So the “doing nothing” I’m talking about is making a conscious choice to give ourselves a break! Like I said in a few posts back we’ve got to cut ourselves some slack.
Let me explain what I mean in a different way:
When you shift your weight to one side of your body and try to balance on one foot, you have to focus all your energy on balancing and keeping that leg steady.
Even though we are being still, think about all the energy and concentration we are using to do so. We are “doing nothing” technically (we aren’t moving around or really being productive) but there’s a lot that goes into that. Its hard to just focus on being mindful of ourselves.
Often times when I am trying to relax, I find my mind racing and having a hard time just remaining clear. Take savasana in yoga for example. Yoga instructors say that it is one of the hardest postures in the practice because people by nature have such a hard time clearing their minds.
This is where mindfulness comes in. Its one thing I definitely want to work.
It’s the state of staying aware. Aware of our bodies, ours minds, and our inner beings in the present. And its also one of the biggest parts of being able to rest our minds.
It seems contradictory but in order to truly give our minds a rest we have to become mindful and aware of this action. Its all about being in the present. Not thinking about our to do lists, the past, or what the future has in store. Its just as challenging and important as putting energy into any of our other daily tasks.
So I challenge you all today and everyday. Work on becoming more aware of your mind’s needs, being mindful of your body’s emotional and physical state, and accepting your needs for rest (both mentally and physically).
Thanks for reading my little ramble. Just some thoughts I’ve had lately.
How are you at being mindful? Do you struggle with this concept?
Ps: Keep the Formspring questions coming! They have been awesome so far!!!