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Embrace Rest

Dec 17, 2020

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I think it’s safe to say that most of us are ready to say goodbye to 2020. A year that brought so much loss. And a year that also revealed so many things. 

If you are like me you deeply desire 2021 to bring more ease, more justice, and more peace. 

And yet, when the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 2020 not much will change.

COVID-19 still exists.

Racism and White Supremacy still exist. 

The climate crisis is still real. 

The economic crisis will still be present.

Patriarchy still exists.

Toxic Capitalism will still be telling us we are not enough. We must produce more, buy more, consume more. 

Heteronormative beauty standards will still be here in 2021 and diet culture will be on full display as it usually is as we move into the new year. 

The U.S. still has a Supreme Court that likely will be working to remove protections for some of our most vulnerable populations. 

The truth is there is no magic wand that clears away injustice with the new year. 

The world is still extremely uncertain, unstable and volatile. 

And we have work to do to create the world we all deserve. 

Each of us has a role. Each of us has a responsibility. Yours is different from mine. 

Every role matters.

Parent. Co-worker. CEO. Teacher. Therapist. Wellness Practitioner. SM influencer. Partner. Activist. Ally. Policy maker. 

What is your role? What is your responsibility? Where can you make an impact? What spaces do you have access to?

It is hard not to feel overwhelmed when we see all that needs to shift. In that overwhelm we may feel frozen and not know where to start. Or maybe we are enraged and want to fight. Perhaps it all makes us uncomfortable and we want to just pretend it’s not there. 

All are normal responses to conflict, to stress. This stress can make it hard to find clarity, to use discernment, to see nuance. 

And, we can use our practice to build the capacity to cope with this moment. We need to commit to practices that build our body’s resilience so that we can imagine another way of being together. Connection, cooperation, mutual care. 

Drop into your body. Remember who you are. Your body already knows what it needs to feel whole. 

Let’s start with rest. Slow down just enough to listen to the signals that your body is giving you. Signals that are asking you to rest.

Before the burnout.

Before the collapse. 

Choose to do life differently. Choose to schedule in time to rest. This simple act of self-care is one way to show resistance to a culture of productivity, perfectionism, and shoulds that is harming so many of us. 

Tips to find rest throughout your day:

  • Set the timer on your phone to remind you to take 5 minutes each hour to look away from your screen. 
  • Try palming your eyes. Rub your hands together to generate heat and place your palms over your eyes.
  • Consider your relationship to rest. Perhaps create a mantra or affirmation that declares you are worthy of rest.
  • Create a household deadline for all work to be discontinued. Organize your time so it's possible. Let go of urgency where you can.
  • Set boundaries for yourself. Practice saying no.
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