“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
Having enjoyed seven nearly cell phone, blackberry, and computer-free days, which included no work, sleeping in, and doing a whole lot of nothing, I am a believer. Taking this break even kicked my body into ovulating–something it had been fighting for too long this cycle.
So my hope for each of us is that we make time for minimalist weekends. May we all make time to practice the art of healing fertility by jumping off the gerbil wheel and simply being for a while. Our bodies are amazing, however they can only do so much. Conception comes from an abundance, rather than a lack. Take time to make space for abundance.
on May 26, 2011
weekend. I love weekends. Letting go of work. With less on my plate, I can be more in the moment. But I have to make conscious choices to pull a minimalist weekend off:
- Unplug –
Turn off technology or unplug from your computer for at least 24 hours. Be available for more personal connection, even if you are quietly presence. With less distractions, you will invite relaxation.
- Make space –
Get most of your cleaning, jobs, and errands done during the week. Resist over-scheduling your weekend by leaving pockets of time to unwind. The less you schedule, the more you can go with the flow.
- Slow down –
And, the less you schedule in your weekend, the slower your pace. Everyone needs at least one slow morning a week where there is no time commitment to get ready for. Enjoy this restful pace.
- Just be –
And, foster the art of doing almost nothing. Gaze at the birds. Listen to the wind. Read a good book. Doodle. Journal. Focus on being more than doing. And, in this moment, just be.
“Burnout comes from trying to give what I do not possess.” ~ Parker Palmer
Re-Create Like a Child:
- Work before play –
Most of us work hard during the week, both in our job and at home. If our kids get to play after their “work” is done, then so do we. Pick play that refreshes and renews you.
- Create –
Let your imagination be your guide. Create art, crafts, words, photos, movies, or stories with no deadlines. It’s your creation, not your production or project.
- Explore –
Journey to familiar or new territory. Learn and explore. Take in details, textures, sights, and sounds. Make it an adventure.
- Move and rest –
Balance your movement with rest. Engage in the moment then drift with eyes heavy. Take a nap. Sleep in or go to bed early.
Invite relaxing recreation in your weekends. Take at least one day off each week. Be in the moment, go with the flow, and embrace what you love.