I have come to realize I don’t know how to slow down. I know it sounds crazy, but as of late this is my reality. I seriously, have no idea how to rest, how to simply be still. I have been going and going since for who knows how long and I have quickly come to see that I have no idea how to simply be quiet and at peace. Yes, I can see still in my body, but my mind just cannot stop. Actually, it is not even easy for me to keep my body still. I am a doer, a mover, someone who is constantly thinking about what’s to come, someone who likes to be in motion, hence the fact I could go form workout to workout all day long.
This realization has truly come to the forefront of my thoughts during the pandemic, during the time where we had to stay home. I began to think about my everyday life and the first thing that came to mind was that I have no idea how to do nothing. I have been on the go since having kids and never stopped. I can’t even watch a show or movie without feeling as though I need to be writing, thinking, doing.
This time of slowing down has truly helped us all reevaluate our on the go life. I know we are not going to simply go back to running around like crazy, we are only going to allow the things that bring us joy back into our lives.
I am writing this to truly make the commitment to find peace and stillness within me. I am writing this to hold myself accountable. I know by finding my own state of calmness my entire house will find their inner tranquility. Peace begins with me.
My goal for the month of September is to find this state of being still inside and outside.
- Practice yoga at least once a week
- Meditate 3 times a week for 5 minutes each day. Peloton has some great meditations on their app I am going to start to implement those into my days, goal is at least 3 times each week.
- 2 rest days from exercise (a restorative yoga can be done on rest days as well as an outdoor walk) (Steve and I have been talking about taking morning walks together I think this is a great idea for these beautiful fall mornings and a great way for us to connect before the chaos of the day.)
- Epsom salt bath 2 times per week
- Start reading a new book
Take this moment to evaluate your life, to focus on what truly brings you joy. Are you taking quiet moments for yourself each and everyday? Are you working on finding your peace and joy in the everyday things?