It’s Thursday, and for me Thursday means rest. Physically, yes this happened… but mentally… well, my mind just seems to go all the time. Am I the only one who has trouble resting her mind? To do it, I think I have to be sleeping!
Doing nothing, even for two minutes feels like a challenge. This is sad. I totally blame social media and I admit that I completely welcome the distraction of it, thinking it will help me feel more connected and fulfilled somehow, but at the same time knowing that it won’t. I am proud to say that I have been reading more books lately (which feels like a more appropriate distraction than Facebook). It also helps me to at least get into someone else’s brain for a little while, which is a nice break from my own.
Right now, I am reading a book called Still by Lauren Winner… a memoir where the author talks about being in a mid-faith crisis… really, just kind of in the middle. Somehow this book came to me at just the time I needed it. Being in the middle of something can be hard. It isn’t always as exciting as the beginning, and the end can feel very far away. You could relate this to a training or health goal, a project, a relationship, your faith, or just life in general. I am realizing more and more that life is a process… a journey. Cliche, I know, but true. It is important to know where you want to go, but sometimes you just have to sit in the present. Be still for a little bit and let go of past and future. Do what you can do now, in this moment. Lately, what I can do now doesn’t feel like much to me… and progress seems slow… sometimes it’s just breathing. I think… I hope… that this is ok.
Anyway, I found this quote today about stillness, and I thought it was beautiful and fitting for today’s post (which hopefully wasn’t a total downer… not my intention at all!)…
“From ‘nothing’, movement arises naturally.
From inaction, comes action.
From emptiness, comes shape and form.
And from stillness, comes energy and flow.”