I rushed off to yoga class, even though my body was tired, I had just woken from a quick nap that would have easily turned into a 3 hour nap had I let myself. My brain was active with all the lists of things I have to do before Thanksgiving and before an event this weekend. But I promised myself I would actually go to class tonight, since I really did need the quiet, the stretching, and just the moments of being in the present.
I’m freezing cold.
And I’m forgetting WHY yoga is good for me.
As we start class, as is our norm, we sit or lie quietly in meditation. Just breathing, just being. Our instructor gently talks us through letting go of our day. And we start to relax and become present.
She stated that due to this week being Thanksgiving, our practice would be more restful-based. She asked us, “How does your body respond when I say that it will be restful?” Even before she had finished the question, I immediately wanted to burst into tears. Tears of relief. Then it was tears of “Oh my god what happened to my rest policy?!”
I have forgotten to allow myself sufficient resting time.
I am usually VERY good at taking time to just BE, to rest, to veg out, and to do things that really nurture and feed me. A balance of work and play and rest is common.
But apparently not this week.
What is YOUR rest policy for yourself? Do you allow yourself down time? Especially this week with a holiday of family and friends is here, what’s your schedule?
I dare you to take time for YOU at a moment when you least need it. Take it as your husband is peeling potatoes. Hide in a hot bath as your inlaws are yakking with your family about the relatives. Go on a quick walk alone right before you sit down to eat.
I will if you will.