My recent trip away got me thinking about rest and our beliefs about it …
I used to find it hard to enjoy proper down time.I would feel worse when I rested – guilty, more anxious, my mind constantly telling me “you forgot to do that thing” and my inner critic on overdrive.
“This is a waste of time – you should be getting something useful done.”
It was only when I’d got to a point where I was regularly feeling like I was pushing through a wall of exhaustion – and yet I was unable to stop – that I decided that I needed to do something about my inability to rest.
And so, I went on a phase of exploration
I’m a yoga teacher and already au fait with various yoga-based practices. Restorative yoga, sound baths, yoga Nidra, hikes in the country- you name it, I’ve probably tried it!
And for a while, my “rest” turned into a project of its own – another thing to do, almost like another job.
One KEY thing that made a difference – and that I now see making the difference for my clients, was becoming aware of the beliefs and stories I’ve have picked up over the years about what it means to rest, and to not always be productive.
By bringing my awareness to these stories and beliefs with curiosity and compassion, I’ve been able to notice how true these beliefs are. Then I can decide to no longer listen to the belief. For example, that ”rest won’t get things done.”
Over time, I’ve been able to find another experience of rest and relaxation that serves me better.
What beliefs and stories are no longer serving you about rest?
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