I was on my way to the first vacation I’ve taken in almost two years. I was booked at an incredible all inclusive resort, complete with a beautiful beach, great weather and wonderful friends. Before that, I was in a routine of working constantly. It wasn’t something that I consciously wanted to do, it was something I allowed to happen. Prior to my vacation I was working sometimes 14 days on, 1 day off. 10 days on, 1 day off. It was too much but I rationalized it because I “needed” money. I was putting the need to make money ahead of my health and a little bit of my sanity, if I’m being 100 percent honest.
So when it came time for me to lay out on the beach and just relax, initially I didn’t know what to do. I felt weird about doing nothing, having someone take care of me, cook me food, get me drinks and make my bed. I paid for it all, but there was still an element of difficulty for me to let go. It wasn’t until day three that I finally got over how exhausted I was and was able to actually relax without feeling guilty. It was hard initially, I had to constantly remind myself that I didn’t need to do anything and that it was ok for me to just be still. By day seven, I was totally content and relaxed. My sleep was almost normal, I felt lighter, more calm. Of course, being by the ocean helped. I felt peaceful for the first time in a while.
I started to think about how the idea of “rest” seems difficult for a lot of us. We are trained to constantly be on the go and it’s depleting. As a spiritual person, me being busy all the time takes me away from my connection to source. My intuition goes wonky, I get edgy, I snap. I am denying my soul when I’m constantly on the go. While I was away I got clear on the reason I fell into this trap of pushing myself. I wasn’t trusting in what the universe could do to support me. I was trying to make things happen when in reality all I needed to do was to stop and allow them to happen. I had this realization that in my attempt to manifest what I want in my life that I’m still blocking the flow of the universe.
Life is balance. It’s important to be in action and movement, this brings forth what you want. It’s also important to be in creation, to sit back and allow things to come forth. To enjoy the rewards of all the work that has been done.
Since we’re moving into the new year, my biggest lesson is that I need to take time for myself. To have a set schedule of time off. To nuture me, take rest and be in the art of doing nothing. The funny thing about that is when I do sit back and actually take care of myself, I’m more powerful, the universal flow comes to me with little effort. I’m super abundant so I don’t need to constantly push for prosperity. Of course, it also means that I have to do some work, work creates the flow, action keeps it going. It’s about balance, really. Action, rest. It keeps the flow moving.
My commitment is to make my rest a priority. And I would love for you to join me. Commit to at least one day a week where you do no work. Spend quality time with people you love, take a long hot bath, meditate, sleep in, drink tea, bake a cake, have a game night with your friends or whatever makes you feel fantastic. Let me know how it goes! Comment below.