Several times over the past week, the word "relax" has been offered to me (with love!), and I have felt my immediate resistance to that advice. "But I have so much work to do, so much is flowing through - why slow down and relax?!"
Last night, as I was feeling particularly deadline-driven with a project, I reached out to a friend for a quick pause in my busy pace. She wisely reminded me that the energy I was feeling in my body is exactly the energy that I was pouring into my writing - is that actually what I wanted to share through my words? (What I was feeling was tired, frustrated, unclear.... ummm, no, not what I wanted to convey at all!)
So, perhaps there is value in relaxing even during creative phases!
Relax - "To rest or engage in an enjoyable activity so as to become less tired or anxious..."
Seriously, such a simple definition, right?! And yet how often do we allow ourselves to just relax?
I can see looking back over this past week how the theme was presenting itself even before I realized I needed to relax. A few weeks ago, a friend's mother had sent me an invitation to a luncheon so on Wednesday I went to a Circus-themed lunch for 100 women! Why? Because this Mom loved going to the circus as a child and simply wanted to celebrate her memories and play with her friends for a couple hours. So we all enjoyed live entertainment, ate cotton candy and popcorn BEFORE lunch, had ice-cream with sprinkles and animal crackers, and were handed balloons when we left! How fun!
My puppy continues to teach me how to "engage in enjoyable activity," despite my resistance! (This is Star in the photo with his latest non-destructible toy - a rubber tire!) I took him to the dog park two days in a row this week so that he could burn up some energy - which then allows me to better focus on getting my work done. Purely selfish reason, I know. What happens every time, though, is that I end up delighting in watching him chase the birds across the grass or find new friends that he can roll around with and sniff! And then when he gets home, he naps for an hour or two with his belly up to the ceiling, absolutely relaxed. He is such a teacher for me.
This morning, as I sat in meditation, I listened again to the Esther Hicks relationship recording that I mentioned last week. Her words continued this message to rest with "Relax and enjoy the unfolding. Feel appreciation for what IS and eagerness for what is coming. There is great love here for you. Breathe in. Breathe out."
Want to join me in resting as we wrap up this week and step into a weekend? I am picking up Chipotle and settling in with my teenagers to watch the Disney movie Moana tonight - my third time seeing it! Let's find "an enjoyable activity so as to become less tired or anxious." Indeed... Life is meant to be good and pleasurable!
We will be gathering for dinner (another "enjoyable activity"!) at our next monthly Viben Circle, on Monday, March 27th. If you're local in the Cincinnati area, save your seat now to come play and set intentions on the New Moon with us!
And don't forget that the time change is this weekend - we spring ahead an hour. So our
weekly Viben meditation call on Sunday will still be at 10am ET, but you will need to change your alarm clock setting the night before! I am curious to discover how this theme of relaxation will continue in our group meditation space. :)
Enjoy your weekend, my friends!
"Divine Teacher, Beloved Friend, I bow to you Again and Again
Lotus sitting on the water, beyond all time and space, this is your way, this is your grace." ~ Ong Namo
Vivienne Gerard - Healer / Guide / Lover of Souls and Humanity
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