Today, take some time to lighten things up a bit and do something you really enjoy—for about an hour. Warning: this may take some discipline.
Monks refer to this as practicing Sabbath. (Yes, honoring Sabbath one day a week is on the list as well.)
Practicing Sabbath is one of the secrets to thriving in the monk environment—which we have all sort of been living since the pandemic began. Between working from home, staying away from others except those we live with, and having minimal contact with the outside world, all we need are the brown robes.
The idea is to do something in your day, everyday, that you really look forward to. It’s the break from the grind that keeps you from breaking.
Taking some time to truly enjoy yourself helps ease tension and stress, which in turn makes you easier to live with.
And by the way, when you’re under stress, hormones get out of kilter and it’s tough to shed excess pounds.
Most people brush off stress like it’s no big deal. It IS a big deal and plays a critical role in your health and well-being. Practice letting it go.
Practice Sabbath daily.
Ideas: watch your dog watch the world go by, take a nap, enjoy a glass of wine, read a magazine, watch a favorite TV show, bake a cake, garden.
I’m currently reading The Mists of Avalon. It’s the saga of the women behind King Arthur’s throne. I think I’ll spend some time outdoors today and hang out in that magical world for a little while.
What will you do? Hit reply and let me know!
Sending you love,
“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.”― Thich Nhat Hanh