Self Activism

“Take rest: a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” ~ Ovid

As it gets darker earlier in New England we have a heightened awareness that it’s a natural time for reflection. We’ve been working so hard all year and we recognize a pause will maintain our health and vitality.

In our family we are tethered to our calendar events: work/school schedules, appointments, social engagements and so on. I love and live by my schedule. Recently after a weekly family meeting we recognized how remarkably we are doing individually and as a family with our small and larger goals. In just one year of living together we’ve excelled however are in need of down time.

The question came up “What if we had a full day to do nothing?” I thought: “Wishful thinking?” Feeling more like the hurried Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland the 1951 American animated feature produced by Walt Disney and based primarily on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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With a few thoughts tossed around about what a magical day like this could be we decided it had to happen. We knew if we didn’t put it in our schedules it most likely wouldn’t happen. To the calendar we went to choose a day in November, we synchronized our personal calendars and to it was official Sun, Nov 21 would be THE DAY OF NOTHING.

QUESTION FOR YOU:
If you had a full day to keep everything simple and stay deservingly relaxed; the groceries bought, laundry done and all the to-dos completed what would you do?

TRY THIS:
Close your eyes and image your FAMILY/PERSONAL SABBATH (a day of rest and worship) what does it look like/feel like? I recommend you dream out loud and even write it down to make it more real.

“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” ~Hermann Hesse

THE DAY OF NOTHING is an ALL DAY EVENT…will very loosely look like this :
wake up whenever (NO alarm clocks)
grind the beans, make coffee, froth the milk & enjoy
eat mind fully
chat
brush my teeth
sit still comfortably
laugh with family
quiet time to remember
listen to music
maybe dance
stream of consciousness writing
look out the window
maybe walk with focus and without focus
change my socks
maybe read
maybe restorative yoga
get a hug
look at pictures
maybe take a hot soothing bath
maybe mix colors and paint
feel super relaxed
eat with intention
watch a movie/something the family will enjoy
buddy foot rub (simultaneously giving a loved one a foot rub and receiving)
reflect on the day
family meeting (review, recap, thank and congratulate)
brush my teeth
thank my body for serving me
go to bed early with a smile

In our house we encourage Self Activism so this list will look a little different for each of us however supporting each other and ourselves physically and emotionally is priority we try to remember and greatly respect. Days like these are the sort of lessons no one taught us as children growing up and we want to nurture in our family units health.

Our yoga teacher reminds us to do restorative practices to live harmoniously with our bodies and the natural forces of life…..I share this pose with you…All you need is two blankets and enjoy.

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“It is the stillness that will save and transform the world.” ~ Eckhart Tolle



Comments

2 comments

1 jenngator222 { 11.20.10 at 8:19 pm }

Nice! I was just thinking today that, while I am really enjoying life with a new baby, I feel like I am living for the next day. Constantly checking things off my to-do list to get ready for the next day: wash the bottles, pack the lunches, wash the clothes, make the food. Thanks for helping me remember to slow it down and enjoy today too!

2 Noelle { 11.24.10 at 3:09 am }

I love what Molly said at the end of our last Immersion Weekend about learning to savor those spaces in between…instead of always rushing on to the next and the next and the next. I think this is what you are doing here…creating a lovely space in between for yourselves.