Janet Pearlman

Living in the Stream of Yes

Awesome Power of Taking a Break


Hooray for letting life flow! Hooray for feeling relaxed and good.  Pursuing what is wanted –Yes!– and make time to change focus, play and rest.

Throw over pushing ahead shoulder to the grind stone–  doing some resting has great pay off.

Avalon Spring I, 16 x 20, Acrylic, $475

Avalon Spring I, 16 x 20, Acrylic, $475

In How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci author Michael Gelb points out how daVinci recommended juggling to fuel his genius. He found pausing got his mind and body working differently from the way it had while doing his task. Juggling switches the focus and resting of attention results. Returning to the creative task one can access new vigor.

You know that saying “You will make yourself sick working that hard?”   At age 51 Lila kept up an intense pace both at work and in personal time.  She was making a big change in her life, closing down a job,  deciding how to deal with her house, then preparing it for sale and packing up, moving.

Oops two years went by and she had not slept eight hours during that interval. She did not take time to juggle or play or rest.

The price was fairly high for pushing through it all — she attracted mononucleosis. Then it was about two years until our heroine had a “normal” level of energy again.

As she experienced a fatigue illness, Lila saw the value of taking a breather as she proceeds to what she wants.

Let’s hear it for forms of keeping balance! Examples include:

  • Taking a day to have no schedule
  • Puttering
  • Exercising
  • Spending time in nature
  • Spend time acting the role of couch potato
  • Taking naps
  • Laying down and breathing
  • Meditating
  • Juggling and more.

Other ideas? Lila lays down during the day for a re-charge and while in a prone position puts her hands on the sits bones. If in chair, she can sit on her hands for a few minutes. This activates “quietly regeneration,” knowledge within the study of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Experience this trick to see how well it works!

Or in a prone position our star sometimes puts her fingertips on her skull, making sure one hand is on each side of an imagined midline.

Use vacation days! Do a crossword puzzle! Grab a fluid and chill!

It is so much fun to feel the clarity of being well-rested! The vitality, the playfulness, the freshness, the All-Is-Well feeling.

Yes! Re-creation– create yourself a new. The path of ease!

Yes! Rest!

Want to share favorite ways to kick back? Or stories from the pay off of taking your mind off the project for a bit? Please comment.  Balancing with rest is best :).

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