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I had the most incredible experience this week. I got to relax. I mean, really relax. I got to let go. It was a deliberate unwinding but not the kind of forced I-need-to-relax-quickly-so-I-can-go-to-sleep. It was a 70-minute restorative yoga class given by Mary Foran. It’s hard to put into words, but having done it, I realized this kind of deep relaxation is unusual and lacking in my life.
It’s hard to shut down – sometimes even in sleep. It can be tough to let go of things mid-process, challenging to say, “it’s enough for today” or “for this week” and believe it. What is it about letting go that is so hard? What is it about leaving things undone that rattles us?
I’ve had enough conversations to know I’m not alone in this struggle.
What if we took our cue from the natural rhythm of the seasons? What if we embraced the natural growth and development of some seasons, as well as the slowing down, resting, rejuvenating of others?
And in being at ease with the natural order of things, what if we released the resentment we feel about needing to pause? What if we learned to let go of the fears that arise as we contemplate shutting down? What if we embraced the natural order and accepted that there is a time for all things, including reflection, restoration and rest?
Go ahead. Take a night off, a weekend for relationships and fun, or that much-needed vacation. It’s a necessary part of the process.
Instead of thinking about what it’s going to cost you to take time to shut down, consider what it’s costing you not to take the time you need.