“For fast acting relief, slow down.”
- Lily Tomlin
I played hooky on Monday... and it was great! It was my normal day off of work, but, even so, I tend to fill every minute of those off days with tasks, chores, or some sort of activity. I knew I had to give my body and mind a break. I wasn’t thinking clearly. I knew it was time to hit the pause button.
This lesson has been one of the hardest for me to learn over the years. I used to get so upset if I missed a day of my physical practice, and it took me a while to realize that even a “healthy” obsession was not healthy. Sometimes, even when you are doing something good for yourself or others, you still need a little space.
Finding the balance between effort and ease in your practice and daily life is always going to be a challenge. It’s hard to know when it's ok to push through and when to take a break. It takes going inward and being honest with yourself. In our practices, that could mean anything from resetting your footing or lengthening your leg during a long hold in warrior two or taking five in child’s pose and coming back to it with a little ease and a new perspective.
I promise it will give you the fast acting relief you are looking for!
Be kind to yourselves, my friends.