This is my dog-child Kona. Having him next to me is like breathing air. Pure joy, peace, and contentment. Pet lovers understand this. As you can tell from this picture, his favorite position to rest in is belly up. He has perfected it. In this position, he knows that all is well in the world and there is nothing for him to do. I learn so much from him.
When he isn’t resting, he’s awake and playing, running, walking, eating, peeing, pooping, sniffing out in the yard, and wagging his tail when I wave to him from across the room. During his awake hours he is alert, productive, and joyful. When he needs to, he rests.
This is exactly how I like to feel when I am awake. Alert, productive, and having fun.
We are all so busy these days trying to get more and more done in what seems like a shrinking amount of time. The more we push, the more tired we get. When our bodies and brains get tired, we make mistakes. When we make mistakes, we have to fix them. When we have to fix them, we get frustrated. Fixing mistakes takes even more time and energy. Our efficiency decreases. Then we get even more tired or pissed off even.
This is where rest comes in.
It can take many forms.
Sleep, deep breathing, watching a candle flame, exercising, sitting by a lake or river, stretching, walking in nature, laughing out loud, getting some water... It can be a long list.
Rest is super important because our brains and bodies weren’t designed to go all day long with the way we push ourselves. But we do it because we think we’ll get more done faster. But we can’t and don’t.
So how do we bypass this?
Even if you only do it for a short while, your body and/or mind get a break from their heavy-duty output. When you take a minute to breathe deeply, a 10-minute walk outside, or a 30-minute nap, you are resting.
Resting from the chaos of life.
When you do this, you actually become more efficient, because by taking that break, your mind now has the space to come up with an answer to that problem you have been trying to solve at work. Or you discover an insightful way to lovingly deal with an issue in your relationship with your significant other.
Things become more clear, less stressful, and the next step seems obvious. All because you rested.
And what’s awesome is that your mind and body will tell you when you need a rest. You may be trying to come up with a solution to a specific problem. You can’t. You get frustrated. You keep trying to work through it. You can’t. The answer doesn’t come. Bingo. That’s your clue. It’s time to rest.
Or for me, I’m training for a marathon putting in way more miles than I ever have in my life and can’t figure out why I’m more physically tired during the day. Bingo. I needed a little more rest at night.
When your brain just feels like it’s spinning or your body just doesn’t want to walk up another flight of stairs, listen. Your mind and body are perfect indicators of what you need.
Try resting and notice your efficiency increase.
Take your queue from my dog Kona. He’s a living, breathing, fur-bally example of pure efficiency.
Your Turn: What cool trick do you use to increase your efficiency? Leave a comment below, or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for spending some of your time with me today. I really do appreciate it and hope you found it helpful.
As always, take from here what works for you, share with your friends if you think they might benefit, and the rest you can leave behind.
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