How often to you give yourself permission to rest? To stop ‘doing’ and quietly drop into ‘being’.

It sounds simple enough yet for many it’s close to impossible unless we’re forced to due to physical illness, burnout or when things fall apart.

We live in a world that thrives on productivity and rewards busyness and output. This compulsion to fill time with ‘doing’ is not sustainable and has its limits. This pushing, forcing and ceaseless efforting not only dysregulates your nervous system, impacts your libido and creativity, but also traps you in a ‘noisy’ inner state, making it difficult to hear your Self connected to your inner rhythm.

While the benefits and value of meditation and daily practice are well founded, there’s also something to be said for making time to simply do nothing at all. Practitioners and masters of Eastern traditions regard the practice of ‘not doing’ as something of an art.

Call it constructive rest or resting with intention. Letting yourself pause, unwind, soften and just BE is vital to your wellbeing and health, but there’s another layer. Giving yourself time to rest allows for an inner spaciousness to emerge. Space for contemplation, for listening, breathing, dreaming and letting your imagination roam free like it did as a child.

Within this relaxed state you are not only allowing your whole system settle down to feel fully, but from this space of open awareness you can start to tune into your true desires of what you want to experience in your life, and then let your own inner wisdom reveal the steps towards that desire.

Another layer deeper, you’re making time to listen to your Life and tuning into the vibration of the world breathing. Rest is a reminder of your belonging without needing to do anything.

Photo by Angelika Kollin