This is my third day without shoes. Given I am not by a tropical beach or on yoga retreat, this is out of the ordinary.
All "playing out" has been suspended. No shoes, no moving around. Be here. Feet elevated. If you feel sorry for me, don't. This has been coming for a while. As I wrote last time, the signs have been everywhere - rest.
My place of rest is perfect. A peaceful cottage on the Cornish coast. Floor to ceiling views of the countryside and an ever changing sky.
This is a post from the Laboratory of Rest. What's happening, what are my findings, what's working?
Whilst sitting with my feet up, I am consciously resting in additional ways:
Resting my digestion with simple, fresh, foods. No sugar, no stimulants.
Resting my eyes with minimal screen time, reading from the physical page.
Resting my mind with less stimulation and low levels of interaction - chatting or social media.
Gazing at the horizon, letting my eyes focus long distance, on natural colours in natural light.
And through it all, I meditate. Meditate, meditate - twenty minutes, twice a day, every day.
The results? The inflammation and pain in my foot are greatly reduced. This was the primary driver and the results are pleasing and somewhat predictable. But they are not the whole story.
By slowing right down, something interesting begins. There is space for settling. An integration of all the experiences of the past few weeks - like swirls of fine mud settling in a pool, leaving clear water.
This is a natural, organic process, not an intellectual one. In the clear space, insights come. Some reflective, some new ideas - many are links, the joining of dots.
In our increasingly active, task oriented, input driven lives, what are we sacrificing if we do not take time to rest and make space?
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