Can I get a side of calm with that?

  • Written by Geraldine Banes

Overscheduling. We are all guilty of that one way or another. Some of us rush around like a Chihuahua on speed, or a headless chicken with feet to spare. We are driven by jobs, by family, by expectations both met and unmet. We feel guilty if we slow down just an iota. Who has time to stop and just be for a moment? The internet meme sensation catch phrase ‘Don’t have time for that!’ went viral as it struck a chord with the way we view ourselves and our lives today.

Constantly rushing, we lose ourselves. We lose our connection. Our minds run the show. It often isn’t until our body rebels and we are forced to rest. To shut down.  When this happens we have no choice but to face ourselves and a period of re-adjustment arrives. The wake-up call. Suddenly life is realized to be precious. Nothing is taken for granted and nothing is ever quite the same again.

So how do we get to that realization without having a massive wake-up call? By letting in some awareness of the space in your life. Take music or art as an example. An important aspect of music is not just the sound but the silence. The silence or pause gives meaning and depth to the piece. The same goes for art. Paintings incorporating space give a place to rest the eyes.

You don’t have to become super-spiritual to engage in restfulness. It’s too hard to be ‘on’ all the time. All you have to do is be mindful, catch yourself rushing and then in that moment, take a breath and fully enjoy the moment. Remove guilt. Take time for yourself and find places, people, things, that give you space.

Geraldine Banes is the owner of Studio Beju, 15630 Main St NE Duvall, WA

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