I am absolutely hopeless at taking time out for me – it never seems a priority amidst the day to day bustle of work, family and home. But as I get older I seem to need it more and more. Today I took some time out and visited a day spa. I had a massage and a facial (my third ever). And now I feel totally wacked! Don’t get me wrong, it was fantastic and I felt so special and loved. It’s just that now I’m tired – which is good as sleep has not been my friend lately.
As I was being spoilt (it was a birthday present from the kids) my mind wandered all over the place. Mostly I kept coming back to the need to slow down. I know I’m not alone in the feeling that when I am doing one job my brain is already racing to the jobs that need to be done next. I need to practise mindfullness, or being in the moment. That is my task for this week.
I went looking for some quotes to paste onto the fridge as this is the door I open the most. At least one of these will make it.
Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. ~Will Rogers, Autobiography, 1949
Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. ~Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne
Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. ~Chinese Proverb
Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. ~Ovid
And once I have learnt all this, I will create a spot to sit and breathe and just enjoy.
PS This garden is for sale. I’d buy it if I could! And no, I have no interest whatsoever except that I want it to be loved and cared for into the future. www.kiloren.com.au