In today’s fast paced world, it can be easy to get lost in the creative process of doing, action and manifesting new ideas. Making new things happen is fun. After all, this world is a playground to co-create our reality with the universe. However, when the sole purpose of one’s life becomes lost in “doing” rather than “being”, mental and emotional suffering will dominate one’s experience.
Many people take holidays hoping to unwind. However, even in a serene location, the stream of compulsive thinking and emotions often prevents one from actually being present to enjoy the vacation. What’s the point of sitting on a white beach in Thailand if one is thinking about London or the next goal? (I have done this).
Taking regular downtime is essential for us to connect with a deeper level of consciousness, to rejuvenate the body and still the mind. Most of us have full packed days dominated by activities and duties of all sorts. This can be a worthy excuse to dismiss taking time out every day to meditate or anchor oneself in the present moment. However, the excuse is simply a thought and seeing that we have over 60,000 thoughts a day, we can easily realize that downtime is necessary.
Just last weekend, I went for a walk in a beautiful park in London and left my mobile phone and watch in doors. It was incredibly freeing not to be tied to man-made time and to be in touch with the flow of nature, rather than being a slave to psychological numbers on a watch. It was a wonderful way to directly be in harmony with Nature.
If you can put aside at least a couple of hours every week where you are not bound to the clock and can be just present with no “digital” distractions, you’ll be far more effective in your line of work for the rest of the week, releasing anxiety, worry and negative emotions. Regular massages are also an invaluable way to release trapped energy in the body and promote emotional well-being. If you can put aside 10 to 15 minutes a day, even better. If not, once a week is a great start.
Christopher “Divinity” Dines is an author & former House DJ who helps people to live happier and healthier lives through personal development and spirituality. Follow “Divinity” at: https://twitter.com/#!/divinitydines