Happy Family Day!

Yesterday (as this posts) was Family Day here in BC. A blessed, long awaited, statutory holiday – a day off.

Family Day BCWhen it lies in the future, a day off seems so full of promise. There are so many things one might be able to accomplish on a day off – rest and relaxation, chores, projects…

And then when the day arrives, it seems to rush by in the blink of an eye. Before you know it, darkness falls and the day has passed, and barely any of those wished for, hoped for, things have been done.

My day consisted of sleeping in (a rare treat in the weeks leading up to Spring Mysteries); a trip to the chiropractor followed by yoga, brunch, and a walk in the sunshine with my family. I did some laundry, and sat with my youngest watching a series on Netflix that we have watched on and off.

We enjoyed a lovely dinner that almost all of us contributed to making, before I taught a class.

I have a whole weekend off coming up, which I intend to fill with all the sewing I need to do before the Festival. Had I not had the promise of that weekend, I would have felt the need to pack every moment of this day with productivity, instead of the even more important rest and relaxation.

I NEEDED the extra rest. I NEEDED the opportunity to connect with my boys. I needed the exercise, and the chance to linger at yoga without rushing off to work. I needed the gentle walk in the sunshine and the fresh air. I needed to forget all of my responsibilities for even a moment. And yes, I needed clean clothes!

I am so grateful for the down time today. And I will be better able to make use of my weekend having taken the time to rest.

Blessings,

Mary

Lazy Holidays

Hooray! It’s holiday time!

I’ve spent the last two days sleeping and reading. And playing games on my phone. And watching movies. It has been blissful!

I have a whole week off work. And it’s only a week. I know full well how quickly time flies by. In the wee hours of the morning, I made my to-do list, because I have a lot I would like to accomplish in this week. Well, less than a week now, because I spent two days being lazy.

That’s not true. I spent two days being. No agenda. No pressure. Just relaxing, and hanging out with my family. And I so needed that.

We celebrated on the Solstice. Actually, a bit before the Solstice. So by the time Christmas rolled around, we could just enjoy the time together. No pressure of big meals, or presents to wrap and unwrap. It was nice to sit by the fire, reading the books we received, sipping hot apple cider.

I hope your holidays are restful and re-energizing. Blissful and peaceful. Loving and joyful. Everything you need.

Blessings,

Mary

A Day of Rest

I’m writing this on Sunday evening, after an almost perfect day. It was pretty unproductive in the working sense, and yet I accomplished a lot.

I woke up this morning, and lay in bed for a little while planning my day. When I got up, I did yoga and showered in time for a phone appointment. Then I did a couple of errands in preparation for my afternoon, spending some one-on-one time with my middle son.

I prepared food for an earl evening potluck meal, and even had time for a nap before heading to the beach. I did battle a little guilt about all the other things on my to do list, and I still honored my body’s signals to rest.

Our potluck was a small gathering of friends at the beach near my home. We roasted hotdogs and marshmallows over a beach fire, and watched the boys play in the water and make new friends. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation and the sun, which finally made its appearance. There was very little wind, and I was able to watch the birds flying overhead, fish jumping in the water, and just sit in good company.

huckleberriesAfter dinner, we went for a walk in the woods, and I enjoyed a tart treat of huckleberries from the same bushes that stopped me in my tracks to marvel at their beauty as they blossomed in the spring. I thanked the bushes for sharing their abundance as I harvested a handful of bright little berries.

I often forget how important it is to take time to rest. So many weekends fly by in a flurry of activities and household chores. I still had a full day, and yet, I am so much more renewed for having taken this day without worrying about housework or homework or other projects.

When was the last time you had a day of rest?

Blessings,

Mary

12 Steps to Help You to Relax, Heal & Commune With Nature

Posted by Julie Griffin in Hypnosis on January 17th, 2010

Scores of books and articles have been written on the benefits of physical relaxation. There are many things that you can do to prompt your body to relax, including spending time outside in nature.

If you enjoy self-hypnosis and guided meditation, the following steps will help you get the most out of any time that you spend in nature. You can add your own thoughts and imagery to these steps, to make the process more personally meaningful.

You can read the 12 steps here…

Blessings,

Mary

If you haven’t tried it yet, you can download Creating Sacred Space for free!
And keep your eyes out for another meditation available for download soon!