The following is an excerpt from a recent automatic writing session.
Cindy: So what would you like to talk about today? Do you have a blog topic?
Spirit: We could talk more about how important it is to take breaks from life. To just “fly away” as John Denver says. Or to just take a mental health break to do something you want to do. In the world we live in with all of our electronics and all of the social networking, the multi-tasking, and the myriad obligations vying for your time, it is hard to sit back and do nothing and not feel guilty. It is hard to answer the question of “what did you accomplish today?” with “nothing” and feel good about that answer. And of course, I’m not talking about the people who never get in gear and are always just hanging out on the couch. I’m talking to the rest of you, who are always doing, doing, doing. Busy as little bees in a hive, yet, sometimes you don’t even stop to appreciate the fact that you’ve accomplished something—even a BIG something before you move on to the next task on your mile-long list of things that must be accomplished. You’re who I’m talking to today.
I know you’re going to say you enjoy what you’re doing, and the busy-ness gives you a sense of purpose, but it can also weigh you down. You need to get out in nature more. You need to just sit and BE. Close your eyes and meditate. You’ll be amazed at the insights that pop into your mind when you aren’t running a million miles an hour. It is something that the really accomplished among us have already mastered. The ability to be still and sit with something. A nothingness that might not materialize into anything more than a sense of peace and well being, but could also be the next great idea you’ve been searching for and has been alluding your psyche. Either is valid.
So, go find yourself a rock in nature and just sit. Enjoy the sunshine. Enjoy that you are alive and can breathe the fresh air into your lungs. Enjoy that you can feel the texture of the rock. Just sit and be still and see what happens. Maybe you’ll feel as if nothing happened until you return home or to work and others around you comment on you being “different”. Different is good. Different can mean that you’re taking more time for yourself, because only through a full bank account of a soul filled to the brim can you help others. You can’t operate at a deficit. You have to have a full reservoir to be able to give to others. And all of us want to give to others in a manner of speaking. Being in nature, sitting with yourself and just observing and allowing all of your senses to come alive is a wonderful gift that you can give to yourself today, and it costs absolutely nothing, and the rewards are limitless and priceless. Enjoy the journey.