Many of us are “on” much of each day- we put on our “game face” and do whatever it is that we do, hopefully with excellence and zest, be it a job, volunteer/philanthropic work, or for home and family. Problem is for many, especially Type A personalities, it’s hard to find our “off” switch so we never feel truly relaxed, quiet, or stress free.
I like to observe people. Anywhere, everywhere, I’m watching! What I see teaching relaxation classes is that some people slide easily into mind and body rest and know how to let go. For others, even with permission and verbal cuing, their version of relaxation includes open eyes, tight muscles, and most likely racing minds. So why is it important to be still and how do we learn this discipline?
We think thousands of conscious, sub conscious and unconscious thoughts every day, both waking and sleeping. Imagine how tired our little minds get processing all of that information constantly! William Penn said, “True silence is the rest of the mind, and is….what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” So the idea is to develop a habit of silence, free from the onslaught of our thoughts, (which as we discussed last month, are not always necessary or even true!)
For those of us with dearly held beliefs, silence can include reciting meaningful words, prayer and meditating on the things that are uplifting and helpful in our life’s journey, laying aside negativity and all that diminishes the best version of us. Perspective and truth can be gained in the quiet.
So how can you develop this habit if it is not currently a part of your life? Set aside specific time and space where you can be free of distractions. Get comfortable in your body, sitting or lying down. The goal is “active rest”, not necessarily sleep!
Healthy people cannot be “ON” all the time- they learn to embrace their “OFF” switch!
Be Healthy, Be Happy! Nancy