In Need Of A Break
This is my first Mindful Monday post in some time. I was practicing being more mindful, just not writing about it. But this week as I perused so many blogs and talked to so many people, I discovered an underlying theme that many felt over the last month or so like they just needed a stinkin’ break.
Bloggers said they needed a break from the computer, the pressure, not sure that the ideas would keep flowing; myself wondering if I should continue. Friends said they needed time to themselves, they needed to stop continually showing up for everyone except themselves, they needed rest; myself craving exactly the same.
It only stood out to me because it seemed like such a universal feeling over the last couple of months, that others were finally sharing this past week.
The other thing that stood out was the many ways in which we justified our need, felt guilty over our need, explained our need, pushed our need away and kept plugging along anyway, reduced our need to unimportant, ignored our need, or in any other myriad of ways made our need seem not so…needed.
Why can’t we just say, “I needed a break.” Period. And leave it at that? Oh, and then actually take one? Why do we continually push our needs, our instincts, our own nourishment to the bottom of the pile under so many to-do’s, others needs, others expectations, our own silly expectations of ourselves?
What I also noticed last week, every time I pulled into my driveway, was my little garden Buddha. To me he was a metaphor for what I had been hearing from others, and knowing within myself. Buddha was hibernating too. The only difference was that he wasn’t making excuses as to why, he wasn’t feeling guilty, he wasn’t worried about what other people were thinking about his little sojourn. He was buried in two feet of snow, and there nothing he could do about it except poke his little head out as a reminder to me, that it is alright to sit and wait.
Being o.k. with our need for a break once in awhile, we need to be mindful about this. Our society would have us go and go and go and go, with no time for reflection, inner journey’s, philosophical wanderings, if it had its way. It is up to us to take care of ourselves.
So next time you need a break, come sit with Buddha in the snow, and know that it is what it is, and the sun will come out again to warm your face when the time is just right.
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