My days are filled with “things to do” and “stuff to get done.” I have to constantly plan ahead and schedule everything in its place. This helps to keep the chaos a little more organized, but could never alleviate it. The reality is, I chose this life and all that it comes with. You might say, I called it to me. Sometimes, our inner desires aren’t even known to us until they manifest. I wanted a small immediate family, a business or 2, great friends (lots of them), and very large extended network of people I could count on for one thing or another. I got all of that and more! So, how do I manage it all without going crazy? … I take breaks. Small breaks, big breaks, weekend breaks, cocktail breaks and most importantly, meditation breaks. Yes folks, I said it. MEDITATION. I do all of these things without guilt. That’s the key.
“There is a virtue in work and there is a virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” ~Alan Cohen
I’m going to keep this message simple, so we will keep religion out of it. Now practice, that’s a different story. We should all practice something that helps us feel balanced on a regular basis. I choose meditation… and frequent cocktail breaks with girlfriends of course. 🙂
What is meditation?
If we think of it in a literal sense it’s not such a daunting concept. Meditation means, but is not limited to: contemplation, thought, musing, pondering, consideration, reflection, deliberation, rumination, reverie, and/or concentration. (And not necessarily in that order!) It is all of those things in one actually.
I sometimes let meditation be my small break in the day. I have learned how to achieve instant
peace with even 30 seconds of breath counting. I don’t always close my eyes for the practice
because it’s quick. But it’s long enough to reset your body’s rhythm and provide the brain with
enough oxygen to re-clarify any feelings of stress or irritation. You can do it anywhere and at any time. Try it right now. Take 30 seconds to just sit still and count your exhales. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Nice job! How do you feel? I bit more relaxed right? Try it a few times each day and see how it helps you to navigate the chaos. Once you’ve realized the value in your breath, you can increase the time increments and officially adopt it as a practice. Once that is sure to change your life, I promise.
“A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest man.” ~Roald Dahl
So let’s talk about those cocktail breaks now. I try to get one of those in at least every 10-12 days. Yes, I calendar those too! It gives me something to look forward to because I know that when I’m with those I love and trust, I can totally be myself. With our drinking buddies, we can be silly and unpolished. We can easily do what I like to call, “let the crazy out.” Feel free to use that term after you do it. You will know when the time is right. 🙂
These “cocktail” breaks don’t have to actually involve cocktails if that’s not your thing. The most important part of these types of breaks are the people you take them with. The cocktail break is a time to let loose, to talk and be listened to. It’s a time to laugh and be carefree, to de-stress and re-focus. It’s during these times, that I really feel grateful for all of my gifts. Gratitude opens the door to the wisdom and creativity of the universe. #truth
“Each person deserves a day in which no problems are confronted, no solutions are searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares that will not withdraw from us.” ~ Maya Angelou
The big breaks are of great value. We will call these breaks, VACATION! Yes, you have to take vacations every now and then. During these breaks I do not work, I don’t even check my email. I may write a journal entry or two, but that is welcome work when on vacation.
Getaways don’t have to be long, they just have to be BIG. That’s the point. Take 1 or 5 or 15 days to just get away. Take as long as you want to and can do; remember, just do it big! Go somewhere that makes you feel relaxed. Go somewhere that makes you feel happy. Plan it ahead so you don’t have to feel guilty when you go. Take the folks with you that help you to find balance. For some vacations, you may be alone. That’s certainly okay too.
Some of my best inspiration comes when I’m alone.
- Taking breaks is a necessary and vital part of maintaining my sanity
- I can take these breaks without feeling guilty because I am a better person when I do.
- I must be grateful for the energy, time and patience I’ve been gifted if I want to keep those gifts.
- Meditation helps to reset my rhythms so I can live to fight another day! #namaste
“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.” ~Louisa May Alcott
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We are busy people; that we know. But how we fill our time is completely up to us.