“When your mind thinks too much, it loses touch with the reality of life. To be real, our feet should be on the earth and our head should be in the heavens.” – Yogi Bhajan
A change of pace, or a change of scenery is often all that is needed to remedy some of the tiredness that accompanies us each day. I hope that during this extended weekend many of you have had the time to enjoy your form of serenity. I find that my form is attempting to hush my mind, catch up on sleep, and put my work aside. In other words, I try to power down. From August 21st until this hour, I spent quality time with myself. Whenever I do that, I limit human interaction, cancel any events or parties I planned on going to, and find my meaning of a break. Note: Last year’s blog “Speaking From My Soul” is in direct correlation with what I tend to feel each year just before Fall.
So, what the hell does an artist do when she’s not working? Meditate? Exercise? Stare blankly at a wall? He-he. Not quite. I would be lying if I said I existed in the lotus position this entire time and remained completely isolated. I didn’t go on a retreat or anything, although I will pretty soon. I simply allowed my thoughts to flow and kept repeating to myself, for the sake of my mental health, I had to take a break. Social media, text messaging, events…all of it was out of the question. And somehow I always wind up in places like…
It has everything to do with the fact that when I am surrounded by nature, I can hear myself better. I connect with the part of myself that is usually drowned out by the infinite worries of the world. Suddenly, I don’t feel as fatigued anymore, and I regain the energy I’d lost. Simply put…
Note: The photos shown were taken prior to August 21st. #LateImgPost
Sometimes the world can wait.
Working hard is fine and dandy until it becomes a chore. If what you love doing becomes a burden to you in any way, you’re doing too much of it. There is a such thing as too much. For people like me, that is hard to hear. It doesn’t always seem like enough, but…see…your body and soul are telling you otherwise. Listen to your body, stay connected to your soul, and don’t get so caught up in “making a living” that, as the great minds of our past have said, you forget to live. Be in the now. Be in the present. If the moments in your life are going good, try to memorize that feeling and retain it for a rainy day. If the times in your life are hard, call on those memories. That’s a form of living in the past that isn’t all that bad. Just don’t forget to work through the now in order to recover that goodness, and remember that it is okay to disconnect, take time for yourself and maybe a friend or two if you don’t want to be alone. Fun fact: the internet, those texts, phone calls…they’ll be there when you’re ready to reconnect. Oh, but don’t go away too long. I’ll miss you.