I always think that I am looking after myself, getting enough rest, fitting in enough time for my Yoga practice.. until I land up so sick, run down, and miserable.. that I realize that I really don’t get enough rest and recovery time. And that I really do worry about things beyond my control.
Then I beat myself up, feeling like a total hypocrite, I am always preaching to people to give themselves a break, that there is no medal for proving that we can do more than is humanly capable of, that life is not a race. And that we need to live in the NOW, and only control what we can in this moment, right now.
Why do we allow ourselves to get to this point? What point are we trying to prove? Why do we always feel that we have to keep going and going, and add more to the pile of things that we are trying to balance? Sure, maybe we are wanting to earn more money, who doesn’t need that? But when do you ever get to enjoy your hard earned money, to take yourself away more often, if you are constantly in this race to earn it, and maintain the lifestyle that society has led you to believe that you need to live?
I landed up with severe stomach problems a couple weeks back. And in a way, it needed to happen. Without even realizing it, I had allowed myself to get so caught up in the “rat race” again, I was back on that treadmill to nowhere, making it go faster and faster. Feeling like I needed to do more. For what? There is no prize at the end. I did not realize how much baggage I was still holding onto, and how it was starting to rot within me, but instead of letting it go, I just kept on going, trying to make a car go faster and further, with dirty old petrol and oil in the engine.
It made me re-think, re-shuffle things around, and do a much needed emotional detox, as well as a physical detox. It is amazing how much clearer you can see once you have let go of all of the rubbish!
I am happy to say that I am back to sunshine, and happiness. And since then, new opportunities are opening up. I have space now for new energy to come in, new love and a new passion for life and people.
Life is so short, we do not take enough time to love ourselves, to nurture ourselves. To balance everything. It is good to push your boundaries, and step out of the comfort zone every now and then. It is what keeps us motivated, and inspired to live more and do more.
But don’t break the comfort zone so severely, that you land up crashing completely, without a safety net.
Thanks for sharing this thought provoking post. “We are we running” is such a great title.
In our societies we are so productivity driven that we forget why we do things. And most of all, we forget to rest when we need it, because we simply see resting as a waste of time.
Last night I was finally reading a book from Thich Nhat Hanh that had been sleeping on my shelf for ages, long enough to be covered in dust .. It’s called “How to relax” and for some reason I never found the time to open it 😉
I just wanted to share a page with you:
” HEALING: We humans have lost confidence in the body knowing just what to do. If we have time alone with ourselves, we panic and try to do many different things. Mindful breathing helps us to relearn the art of resting. Mindful breathing is like a loving parent cradling a baby, saying “don’t worry, I’ll take care of you. Just rest”.
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Wow, love that! I am also reading a book at the moment that had been collecting dust, while I was too busy to read it.. I landed up with a slipped disk in my lower back a couple weeks ago, and this time, life has forced me to shut down!!!