“You don’t find your ground by looking for stability. You find your ground by relaxing into instability.”
Image from Unsplash by Dominik Jirovský
Have you ever gone camping and had to sleep on the ground? Perhaps you were invited to a sleepover as a kid and the floor was all that was available.
How soft or firm is your current mattress? What qualities of this most important piece of furniture do you value most?
Do you recall the years of the water bed craze? As a proud early adopter, I still recall the initial instability and the “motion of the ocean” when we first rolled in each evening.
Where would relaxing into areas of instability in your life help you discover the stability you seek?
What pleasure and fun might be available if you simply learned to go with the flow more often?
“It’s when we step back from a single brushstroke, that we can see the whole painting.”
—Tamara Levitt, Author and Mindfulness Instructor
Barry and Rachel at Hamilton
When was the last time you attended a concert, a major sporting event, or perhaps a Broadway play? Where were you seated in the theater or stadium? Were you up front practically on the field or stage, back in the bleachers, or up in the balcony?
Recently I had the opportunity to see the touring group of Hamilton, with my wonderful daughter Rachel, who came to Michigan with our grandson Weston.
Our seats were in the balcony section. Surprisingly, we enjoyed both the show and this particular vantage point, which gave us the opportunity to take in the show’s entire spectacle. In some moments, we chose to zoom in on certain scenes with a pair of binoculars.
Where in your personal or professional life would there be great value in stepping back from the daily brushstrokes of life and take in more of the painting of your entire world?
“A difficult problem at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”
—John Steinbeck, American Novelist
Image from Flickr by Or Reshef
A growing body of evidence demonstrates the ability of the unconscious mind to work on a problem that requires a creative solution. Similar results have been gleaned in studies on daydreaming, and its value in producing creative and more original ideas.
Turning inward mobilizes the right hemisphere of the brain. The sleeping or relaxed brain cuts out many distractions, which leads to greater capacity to solve problems.
How can you invest in a good night’s sleep, a power nap, or even a bit of daydreaming to more fully tap your creative problem-solving powers?
“What did the carrot say to the wheat? Lettuce rest. I’m feeling beet.”
-Shel Silverstein, Children’s Book Author
Image from Flickr by LollyKnit
Most everyone agrees that we should all eat our veggies and a balanced diet for optimal health.
Exercise and the proverbial “use it or lose it” philosophy is another component to health and wellness. Rest, sleep, and recovery time, on the other hand, often take a back seat to diet and exercise. Here are some key facts that may inspire you to give rest an equal footing with nutrition and exercise:
Rest and Relaxation:
- Protect your heart
- Lower your risk of catching a cold
- Boost your mental power and memory
- Lower your risk of stroke
- Improve your mood and feelings of well-being
- Help you make better decisions
- Help you lose weight by reducing stress eating
- Lower the incidence and risk of disease by boosting your immune system
What steps can and will you take to increase the quality and quantity of your rest and rejuvenation strategies to enhance your health and overall well-being?