Step off the Treadmill for Mindful Time Out
We all need to step off the treadmill and take mindful time out.
We need stillness in order to get perspective and let go of all the stuff in our heads that’s surplus to requirements.
- Physically we need rest
- Mentally we need rest
- Emotionally we need rest
Schedule in something that will replenish you. If you already have a mindful meditation practice, the natural step forward with this could be a regular weekly practice with others and/or a 3 day retreat or longer.
Or it could be 3 hours on a Saturday morning on a Place of Serenity Morning of Retreat.
Let it go
A Morning of Retreat is a perfect break on a practical level. It provides enough space to set everything else to one side and catch up with the ‘ancient peace’ that is there, waiting to be accessed.
And a key aspect of this is ‘letting go’.
This starts from the moment you decide to book something that might feel out of your comfort zone.
Let go of the same old thing.
Do something by yourself and for yourself. It might possibly be something you’ve never tried before.
Notice how one letting go leads to another new grasping – expectations about what this new experience will be or what you hope it will be.
Let go of those expectations! Let go of the fear!
How do you take time out?
To take time out, of course, can mean anything.
It could be a bungee jump or a day out with friends.
You might enjoy a long soak in the bath or watch a movie.
But look out for the fact that often we take time out and what we’re really doing is running away. As humans we have a tendency to replace one form of busy-ness with another.
And it stays superficial – we don’t touch on the deeper level that’s within us. It’s not necessarily mindful time out.
Connect with your deeper self
An opportunity to experience this:
When you feel totally serene and at peace, you are powerful, for no one can upset or influence you.
Find your still, quiet centre … Claim your power today.
I always like this quote:
A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified. Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its true setting, just one more tiny bump on the pathway to life.
So give yourself a break, let go of expectations from others and from yourself. Take some joyous time out to be mindful and get life into perspective again.
Further links if you are interested in mindfulness or simply exploring ways to take time out:
Weekly Meditations – if you’re local to Petersfield it’s lovely to connect with other humans as well as for mindful time out!
What’s it like on a (week-long) Meditation Retreat – my experience!
Yvette Jane – Mindfulness & Meditation Coach
Updated this blog post from 14 August 2015