practice presence. replenish yourself.

My friend Rachel (of The Organic Kitchen and Body… check out this article on her here! ) taking a swimming break during a hike…something I would never have done on my own.

We’re learning that to become more present, we’re going to have to slow down a bit. But, what if we love everything we’re doing… What if we genuinely want to participate in all we’ve put on our plate.

Slowing down doesn’t necessarily mean doing less or missing out. It just means tuning in to what your body, mind and spirit need to keep you functioning at your most productive, creative, compassionate, loving state… the way you were designed to live.

I found this passage from Melody Beattie’s Journey to the Heart particularly helpful this week. I hope it helps you re-learn what you need to replenish yourself so you can continue all the goodness you’ve got planned for your world:

“Some of us don’t know how tired we are until we try to relax. Then we realize we’re exhausted.

We may have lived with exhaustion and stress for so long it’s become habitual. That doesn’t mean we’re bad or wrong, or even off track. Many of us are deeply involved in activities, work, projects and relationships we enjoy. We like our lives and the things we’re doing. But sometimes we’ve pushed too hard or too long. Sometimes we haven’t given our bodies adequate time to relax, to rest, to really let go.

It’s all right to take time out. Relax. Refresh. Regroup. It’s all right to rest even if we’re busy, rest often enough to keep ourselves replenished. Get in touch with your body, then stay in touch with yourself.”

 

Rachel looked so peaceful, I had to try it for myself. It’s amazing the happiness that can come when you least expect it and are open to jumping in, trying something new.