If we make time for anything in our days, it should be the time we take for ourselves. It is so easy to get caught up with everything that needs to be tended to in a day, and forget the most important thing we have, our health and well-being. We go, and go until we start to have little warning signs to slow down. We get fatigued, then we start forgetting things, or our work becomes less efficient. All the while, our body system is being taxed. More often than not, we find it difficult to slow down unless we have to. Having to means something out of our control slows our roll.
The world becomes such a different place when we can still our minds. When we actually experience the days, and are not just racing through them. Let me ask you a question. Can you recall what you were doing yesterday at this exact time? Many of us will not be able to remember this piece of our lives. When I say that the world becomes such a different place, what I mean is that our perception of it changes. The presence of not just our bodies, but our minds gives us a richer experience.
To really hammer this point home, let’s look at this from another angle. We have a limited number of days to experience this life. If half of the time we don’t know what is going on, or are numb, we are robbing ourselves of something hugely invaluable. If you really want to make each moment count, live it, don’t just pass through it comatose, and wonder where the time went.
The beautiful thing about giving yourself time is that as a result of your attention to self, the attention that you are capable of giving others is enhanced. Your relationships will be directly impacted. You may find that your ability to listen, and truly engage with others is noticeably improved. Ultimately, you will see that what you give to yourself magnifies what you are capable of giving to others.
Today, think about this need for rejuvenation, and self-restoration. Contemplate the pros and cons of a deepened relationship with yourself and others. You may consider setting aside a few moments during your day to be still, and quiet your mind. When you feel the acuity of your awareness sharpen, and sense your days becoming more rewarding, you have attained yet another level in this journey. Your personal time-out is really plugging-in.