We as humans are programmed and conditioned for action not reflection but, please believe that you are worthy of taking time out for you. Life is stressful enough and you deserve time to relax and nurture your mind, body and soul.
We are mostly taught to give to others and that it is selfish to give to ourself but actually try turning that around. How can you give love to others before you have love for yourself? When children are nurtured and loved, they are able to readily give this affection back to others.
True relaxation is about being sensitive to our basic need for peace, self-awareness, thoughtful reflection-and the willingness to meet this need rather than ignoring or dismissing it. If you watch a baby or an animal resting, it gives up its weight completely without any muscular tension allowing for renewal and a recharge of batteries.
?In a chronically stressed state, quality of life, and perhaps life itself, is at risk. The body’s capacity to heal itself is compromised, either inhibiting recovery from an existing illness or injury, or creating a new one, including high blood pressure, ulcers, back pain, immune dysfunction, reproductive problems, and depression. These conditions add stress of their own and the cycle continues. The antidote to stress is quite simply relaxation. To relax is to rest deeply. This rest is different from sleep. Deep states of sleep include periods of dreaming which increase muscular tension, as well as other physiological signs of tension. Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort, and the brain is quiet?. Excerpt from Relax and Renew – By Judith Lasater, Ph.D, P.T.
High blood pressure and heart disease are the number one killers in the Western world that we live in, so it is absolutely imperative that we take time out for ourselves. Regular practice of deep Relaxation or Restorative Yoga will allow layers of tension to melt away thus cultivating the ability to keep our minds and bodies in perfect equilibrium in all situations. There is a rapid fall in blood pressure and pulse rate when we relax; and the strain on the heart is reduced. The overtaxed nerve centres are revitalized and muscle tension drops even below the basal muscular tension level. During deep relaxation only a very small amount of vital energy is being consumed, the remaining energy which is being constantly produced by the cells of the body can be conserved and accumulated for future use. This calms the nervous system and allows our adrenal glands to rest so that our bodies and minds can renew and heal.
Learning to relax is letting go of the need to be constantly doing something. Give yourself permission; it?s perfectly ok to take time out of your normal routine to take care of yourself. By taking time out to recharge you?ll find that you become more positive, more productive and creative. You will also find clarity as resting allows you to get in touch with your feeling mind and let go of your conditioned thinking mind so that you really take notice of your hopes, fears, dreams and inspirations.
“All life requires a rhythm of rest…We have lost this essential rhythm. Our culture invariably supposes that action and accomplishment are better than rest, that doing something – anything – is better than doing nothing. Because of our desire to succeed, to meet these ever-growing expectations, we do not rest. Because we do not rest, we lose our way. We miss the compass points that would show us where to go, we bypass the nourishment that would give us succor. We miss the quiet that would give us wisdom. We miss the joy and love born of effortless delight. Poisoned by this hypnotic belief that good things come only through unceasing determination and tireless effort, we can never truly rest. And for want of rest, our lives are in danger. Excerpt taken from page one of Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest by Wayne Muller.
Yielding to ourselves, we are acknowledging a state inside of us right at the core of our being, an intelligence, a feeling and with this awareness comes deeps compassion for ourselves and the world around us..
So do yourself a favour, give yourself a well earned holiday from your brain, Rest for 15 minutes every day if you can and learn to Love yourself.
When we have space in our life, life will find us?..
With Love Brigitte xx