Cancer Truth Note: #228
Quieting inner mind chatter is good for mental health and overall wellness. Can you be with the quiet and value the timeout?
One of my favorite parts of Eat, Pray, Love is when Liz Gilbert is on silent retreat at an ashram in India and she is having a conversation with her very helpful mind while she is trying to meditate. Have you experienced that?
Learning how to quiet our mind chatter is challenging and it can impact our mental and physical wellbeing. Being with the quiet and placing value on the break can be challenging in our “doing” focused world.
Whenever I teach a yoga class these days, I make sure that I have a minimum of 15 minutes for savasana at the end. It takes, on average, 10 minutes for the body to reach a place of relaxation and as a rule we do not allow ourselves the time to fully relax. The challenge is you have to stay on your mat and experience the pose in order to get the full benefits.
If you sneak out of class before savasana or cut your workout short by skipping the stretches, you are missing a big part of the health benefits. I get it, sometimes we have commitments that might require us to cut a workout short or skip the relaxation part of a yoga class. Regularly skipping out on these items because you do not think they are important is another situation entirely. Do you skip the parts you don’t like?
What might shift for you if you embrace the discomfort of the silence or the idea that being is as important as doing?
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