In our society it seems people value their importance by the craziness of their Calender. In the clinic and with my friends, as we try to coordinate schedules I hear it all. Everything from meetings, to lunches, Yoga classes, to running schedules, kids, friends, traveling, IOS update malfunctions. We are always moving, stimulated, texting, talking or sitting plugged in. I am a culprit as well.
On the East Coast I attended Relax and Renew a Restorative Training hosted by Physical Therapist, Yoga Teacher Judith Lasater. She reinforced the importance of relaxation and finding quiet and stillness. She also mentioned how sometimes we actually fear rest and the quietness, because the initial letting go can be painful. And, are we also afraid to be alone with ourselves?
It is usually in this first moment of actually beginning to relax that I realize how wound up, tight and anxious I was in the first place. The first phase of letting go can be uncomfortable physically and mentally. But, it is also in this phase that we receive important lessons our body and minds are telling us, or it is time to integrate all activities and feelings from the day.
Maybe we need to learn to be more comfortable slowing down, and turning in. Practice makes perfect. The more we stop, the easier and more comfortable it becomes. Until we actually crave the silence. In the beginning Judith recommends setting a timer for a few minutes while in a comfortable sitting or supine position. Sometimes knowing there is an end allows the mind to relax easier.
This is only one way to start at home. If you find you are distracted easily you might consider trying a Restorative Yoga class. Sometimes it is a welcome break from busy life schedules and active workouts or Flow Yoga classes. The next challenge is to unload our busy schedules by prioritizing. But, this is a whole other topic, and one of my biggest hurdles.
How do you slow down?