When I went up to see the horses this morning Dexter was lying down relaxing. He looked absolutely gorgeous and I went a bit snap happy!
It got me thinking about rest and relaxation and how important it is. Meditating every day is a great way to get some rest for your body and mind but if we are really mindful in our daily life we take it further than that.
Most of us want to achieve balance in our lives. I want to do things, achieve things, be part of it all. I don’t want to be exhausted, frazzled and too preoccupied to enjoy it.
Our lives are in a constant state of change. What may seem like a balanced lifestyle one week may seem too much the next week. We really need to be a aware of this and to adapt as and when we need to.
So although meditation does not automatically mean that we have a balanced life it can mean that we have the time to be still and reflect on how our mind and body are feeling. This in turn can lead to better decisions about how we fill our time.
This week I have been having some pain in my feet. This has been really noticeable when I have been checking in with my body during my morning meditation. Because of this I have been aware of the need to take things easy, I have missed a few morning runs to let my body recover. Last week I had a busy week at work, I could tell my mind was hectic as I was having anxiety dreams. When I did my morning meditation I noticed by mind was busy and I realised it would be good to fit in a few more meditation sessions to further calm my mind.
Learning to read our body and our mind takes time and practice. We all get it wrong sometimes and then things can be difficult. The great news is that a little meditation goes a long way when we do it regularly. So every now and then check in with yourself and see how you are feeling. Sometimes you will recognise that you need to take some time off. Listen to your body and your mind. When they tell you they are worn out, relax and do nothing. In the long run you will feel better for it.