Life will always be busy. There is no end to our inbox! And, no one is going to give you permission to stop. The only person who can do that is you, but first of all we need to shift perspective. We can sometimes feel like we are the centre of the universe and it will all fall apart if we take time for ourselves. Maybe it will, but maybe it won’t. And even if it does fall apart, perhaps it needs to? Maybe the foundations were too shaky to be maintained? Perhaps things need to be re-evaluated?
Last week I stopped. I removed myself from the day to day functioning of my household, my business, my commitments to family and friends and I just stopped. I breathed, I journalled, I sat, I watched. Like a snow globe that has been shaken vigorously then left to settle, I watched the busy-ness of my mind and the tension within my body slowly ease into the purity of mindfulness. (Insert big sigh of relief.)
And guess what? The world continued to turn and my family, students and clients managed just fine without me. Funny about that…
When was the last time you truly stopped to just be?