Rest is a sound business strategy
Unapologetically. I invite you to make space for rest because we all need it but also because the benefits and blessings are profound for you and your work.
We push and pull and rush until we quite literally collapse.
So many of us resist our need for quiet and stillness. I have fallen into the busy trap more often than I would care to admit.
Without the cloak of busyness, we fidget and fret. Our minds go crazy.
Do. Do. Do. There is always too much to do. No time for rest…
But what about simply being?
Dark and light. Yin and yang. Hot and cold. States cannot exist without their opposite.
Rest is not a moral failing but a requirement of our humanity.
Stillness is part of our rhythmic connection with the seasons and the universe. Our businesses have the same requirements for sustainability and health. And when we are the basis for our business? Periods of rest are a necessity.
The end of yoga practice calls for rest in Savasana.
After the activity of our practice, the pose of savasana is the counterbalance. After asking our bodies to expand into the limits of movement, we can come to stillness more easily.
Savasana is difficult because it is not a pose to “be done.” It is a posture of receptivity. We are exposed – our soft bellies being breathed.
In Savasana, we surrender to the earth. We feel the ground rise beneath our prone bodies, supporting us fully.
There is nothing more delicious.
Our hearts beat, our bodies hum with delight, as the breath rises and falls.
All we must do is receive the gift of our lives in the moment.
Our body welcomes us home.
During the holidays (actually, all the time), when we are expected to rev our engines and go, go, go, it is a radical act to make space for rest. Can you make time for your own need for stillness?
Your body will thank you. Your business will bless you. People around you will marvel at the sight of a well-rested you.
Whether you practice yoga or not, savasana is a practice for you. And if you are a yoga practitioner, chances are good that you haven’t had time for your regular class or practice during the holiday season.
Can you make five or even ten minutes each day?
Drop to the floor and lie in a comfortable position on your back. Line up your spine and allow your hands to face upward in a gesture of receptivity. Let your legs roll open from the hips so your feet roll out to the side. Close your eyes and let them be soft. Let the tongue drop from the roof of the mouth as the muscles of the face soften. Notice how your belly rises and falls with each breath. Notice your heartbeat. Feel the muscles and fascia sinking toward the earth as you surrender to gravity.
Listen to your body in all its gloriousness.
Rest, and receive the gifts of being alive in this moment.
Let a smile play across your lips, knowing that by honoring your natural rhythms of activity and stillness, you are plugging into a greater source. In connecting to that source, you are creating space for magic in your life, your business – and beyond.
Tell me everything - what are the biggest ways that you keep yourself “busy” that are unhelpful and/or unnecessary? Name yours and consider creating parameters and taking back your time and energy so you can make more space for the kind of stillness that leads to greatness.
You are invited to Dream a New Dream
Plan to begin the New Year soft and sacred - join me to Dream a New Dream. Enter a sacred space of healing and energetic support to dream your vision for the new year into being without the adrenaline-soaked rush. Begin as you wish to continue, sister - with intention, deliberate ease, and your authentic desires for how you wish to move through the world. I’d love to see you there.
Love this! 🙏🏽 And in Savasana, we integrate. It may look like nothing much is happening on the surface. But a lot is going on deep within as we digest our learnings, literally and metaphorically. 💙