Tuesday, December 13, 2011
A TIME to RUN and a TIME to REST - THE ART OF THE PAUSE
"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later."
The thought of resting and taking a break sounds heavenly. But how many of us do it on our own free will....and how many of us have been thrown a circumstance to where we have no choice?
Thankfully, I have had years free of injuries. The beginning of this year was a rough start, but the second half has been a mental strength of strong running. It has been good. Racing has been good with the desire to keep getting out there, exploring, learning, challenging.
Having goals, create bigger goals, and more goals, and ...... but sometimes, it is good to step back when all has been good and "going" to savor what has been done. As well as not getting caught in the cycle of doing too much or being out of balance. That is my month of December. Taking time to look where I've been, where I'm going - this involves stepping out of my own picture, story and looking in. As hard as it is in many ways, it is wonderful in so many more. The gift of time to rest, be silent and think. The Art of the Pause.
If there is ever a time that you may have this chance to step back, it may be the most rewarding gift to yourself. A time to rebuild the mind. Rebuild the mind, the body will follow. Look at all your reasons for doing what you do... Do you run for the health of it? For your mind? For the companionship of friends? The physical challenges? For yourself or others (hopefully yourself!)?Do you enjoy the process? Do you make goals that are too achievable or goals that are not? Why do you do what you do? I love that simple question which can be pertained to so many things - Why do you do what you do?
So the month of December, its "chill time", the month of January....time to bring it on. And biting at the bits to do it. But for now....its a nice "PAUSE".
Is there a time that you can purposely schedule a "break"?
"The mind is everything. What you think, you become" Buddha