By now, I think it’s fair to say that 2020 has been a challenging year…one (read: me) might even say 2020 has been a dumpster fire. And they would be correct. It’s been a year filled with a lot of uncertainty, fear, and divisiveness. A year filled with a lot of loss and grief and hard work to do and organize. 2020, and life in general, can just be a lot sometimes.
This is why it’s so important to rest and rejuvenate.
We’ve been conditioned to be hyperproductive, to always be working on the next to do, hustling and grinding. Raise your hand if you ever find yourself wanting nothing more than to just do nothing, just be and relax and take some time and space, and then immediately feel guilty and ashamed that you’re “not doing anything useful or productive.”
::raises hand for all eternity::
It’s not healthy for us to always do, do do, grind, grind, grind, work, work, work. It leads to stress, anxiety, overwhelm, and burnout. It leads to dis-ease within the body, which can show up as various physical ailments (liiike totally speaking from experience here – thanks, sciatica!).
So, take some time each and every day to just rest and rejuvenate. Don’t overcomplicate this. Make it easy and something you look forward to rather than another to do you need to check off your list. Here’s a super simple practice to help:
Rest & Rejuvenate Practice
Step 1: 4x4x6 breathing.
Find a comfortable, quiet place to sit, where you won’t be interrupted. Close your eyes and inhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, and exhale for a count of 6. Repeat 3 times, for a total of 4 cycles.
Step 2: Sit in stillness & rest.
Take a few moments to just sit in stillness and rest. Allow your mind to wander, and don’t focus on any one thing. If you find this difficult, focus on your (normal) breathing pattern. If you notice any tension in your body, focus your breath there.
Step 3: Fill yourself up.
Think of something that makes you happy, something that makes you feel expansive and light. Now picture that happy, expansive feeling as a white-gold light. Imagine that light slowly filling you up, starting at the crown of your head, and slowly trickling through the rest of your body. Once the light reaches your feet, focus on your entire being, now filled with love and light and vibrating high.