Feel free to pass by this blog if you already do any of the following:
- Practice putting on your own oxygen mask first and always take time to care for yourself no matter what else is going on.
- Spend at least some time every day alone in silence.
- Set time aside regularly to plan, meditate, pray or practice other centering activities that help you find clarity in the world of confusion and interference.
- Work to find clarity on what is causing angst in your life and are working to change it.
If, on the other hand, you find yourself in a life that isn't exactly what you hoped for, or you have a sadness below the surface because something just isn't right, then this entry might be for you.
Even if you don't work for yourself, and have lots of responsibilities, you still have control over your own time with choice points. You have the power to choose what you put in and what you leave out of your schedule. You have the right to say no to auto pilot and status quo.
Artist Kathleen Powers has a beautiful illustration to inspire your quest for down time in "The Blue Sleep" and it depicts artistically what I fall short with words to say. Note that the bird is alone in the distance, away from the maddening crowd (this can be the park or a room in your house). Note too that the creature is protected by an entanglement of branches that keeps others at a distance (a simple request for uninterrupted time behind a closed door can serve as protection). But best of all, respite is guaranteed by blocking out external interruption with the lovely blue cloth, "if I can't see you then you can't see me." What a great reminder of the permission we blindly give when we make ourselves forever available to the whims of others.
Go ahead, come up for air and breathe. Find some time and make some change.