Go, go, go. We've all got things to do, places to be, commitments to honor, needs to fulfill - on the one hand. what a privilege to live in a time and place where there's so much to do. On the other hand, wow, sometimes it's all a little overwhelming. Are you with me?
It's easy to get caught up in the fast pace of our modern lives. Whether it's FOMO (fear of missing out - is that still a thing, or are we done with that?) or fear of letting someone else down, we often plow ahead, running on empty or close to it, when it might be better for us in the long run to take a moment to recharge.
What do you do when your body, mind, or spirit indicate that it's time for you to slow down a little? Do you recognize the signs? How do you bring in the idea of rest, or even of pacing yourself a little more gently, when you need to?
It's easy to notice when our bodies are moving faster than their comfort allows. We get run down, maybe manifest a little illness, feel sluggish or more tired than usual. When that happens to me, I do my best to honor it as soon as I get the signal. Sometimes it means drinking more water or going to bed deliciously early (what is it about an 8:30 bedtime that feels just a little rebellious?). Other times, conking out for 10 hours isn't convenient, so I'll run some energy. That's my go-to active meditation technique when I want my body to feel awake, balanced, and energized. Simply visualizing earth and cosmic energy flowing through the energy channels of my body is a powerful pick-me-up.
Mental fatigue can strike at the most inopportune moments, like right before a big presentation or when we're on our third round of algebra homework. When I feel the brain fog descend, especially when time feels tight, that's my cue to get a little fresh air - some deep breaths during a short walk will buy me a nice stretch of alert concentration. A whiff of peppermint or lemon essential oil can do wonders for my focus, as well.
What does fatigue even look like on a spirit level? Does such a thing exist? I'll be honest, I don't think spirit ever gets tired! I do know that my spirit sends me signals that it's time to slow down, pay attention to the care and keeping I'm giving my mind and body, and even lets me know what would be an effective way to recharge.
My meditation practice allows me to quickly and easily access my "control panel" - I actually visualize a dashboard that has indicators related to my energy level, health, etc! It's a light, fun way to engage with spirit and get practical insights I can employ to make my everyday life a little more comfortable. It's what guides me to yoga one day, a green smoothie on another, and an evening out laughing with the girls yet another time.
We're not machines, our delicate complex systems need to rest and recharge often. Knowing what would fill your tank can save you time in the long run. Take a moment to write yourself a list of things that make you feel alive, alert, and healthy. Put it somewhere you'll see it daily, and each day, be aware of the thing that "lights up" on the list for you. Cultivate an open line of communication between your mind, body, and spirit, and honor the need to recharge when it comes up.
And notice what happens.