I recently installed a news feed eradicator that replaces your facebook newsfeed with an inspiring quote. For me, this is a gentle reminder each time I log on that maybe I don’t want to lose half an hour of my day scrolling through the facebook feed. It’s been a game-changer!
This morning’s quote was from the wonderful Alan Watts:
Consider this, some of the absolute bestest things we can do for our health and wellbeing involve doing no-thing at all.
Think: sleep, meditation, fasting.
Our bodies are super intelligent. We just need to get out of our own way occasionally.
We don’t often give much thought to the important role space plays amidst all-of-the-things-of-life.
We tend to focus on what we’re doing during the day, but not how we’re resting at night.
We might take great pains to eat healthy food, but we don’t necessarily honour the silent digestive process between meals, or pay attention to whether it’s working efficiently and effectively.
Truth is, the space between, is just as important as the ‘things’ and ‘stuff’ around it. There’s a whole-lot-of-something going on in the nothing.
Most of us aren’t tapping into the power of daily doses of good-quality space.
If you’re curious about how you might benefit from more consciously doing less, run these experiments and see for yourself.
Let me know how you get on!
Create a Bedtime Ritual
Each night we get the opportunity to heal, restore, and recharge so that we can step into the new day at the edge of our potential.
Sleep is a veritable elixir. It repairs our body, regulates our hormones and emotions, and optimises our cognitive function.
Did you know people who don’t get enough sleep find it much harder to maintain a healthy weight? That’s just one side-effect of not heeding our body’s signals for rest.
When we don’t honour this nightly space for quiet regeneration our body starts to wear down and quickly becomes inefficient.
If we want to experience deep energy during the day we need to experience deep rest at night.
Make sleep a practice, something you attend to consciously, and get better at with time. Create a conscious bedtime routine to get you prepped for a high-quality, nightly reboot.
Some ideas to make this a conscious practice:
- Have a ‘digital sunset’: turn off all you electronics at least an hour before bed
- Do something just for the joy of it: take a bath, read an inspiring book, give yourself a massage
- Journal or meditate to release the day
Create Space Between Meals
Sit in Silence
- set a timer, even 1 minute counts
- sit in silence and observe what is: observe your thoughts, sensations in your body, the sounds around you, notice it all without responding or reacting.
If you want more help with this one, here’s a tipsheet I made.
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