This past weekend I spent some time resting. Not sleeping, just resting. I had not slept well and was feeling a little funky from lack of sleep and sinus issues. After a lovely morning walk with my Mellie I went home and let myself just be. This does not happen often as I find myself thinking of chores and things to do. Instead of keeping myself busy I just sat and let my brain wander and relax. After a bit I found myself grabbing a sketch pad and markers to begin to draw.
By taking time to slow down the creativity was set free for a bit. The creativity that has been pushing at me for weeks, but that I have not been able to get out. The sketch I started isn’t finished. I got it to a point where I felt good stopping, with no need to push to finish it. Usually I would get annoyed if I didn’t complete the project, but I realized I had done just the part I needed to. It felt so good to let that out, to get lost in the ink and let my fingers create without letting my brain stop the progress.
Even better? After spending some time drawing I found that words I have been wanting to put on paper started actually coming out. For weeks I had tried and would just end up balling up the paper and tossing it out. With just a little rest time for my brain and soul the words are flowing. Not tumbling one right after the other, but they are finally moving. A river that is being opened up after having debris removed.
As I started doing a longer yoga session yesterday and my brain kept wandering off I realized that just being still, not just being busy is not an easy thing to do at all. We have this need to keep busy. However, it is often when we find it difficult to be still and rest that we need it most.
My lesson from yesterday was to allow myself the time to rest my body, soul, and brain so that I can have the freedom to create and open up the river within myself so that it can flow freely.
Friends, I encourage you all to make the time to rest. Not just to sleep, but to slow down your busy brain. Let yourself feel the freedom that comes from letting yourself relax with no agenda or schedule to stick to.