A Holiday for the Mind
It’s Memorial Day weekend, and the first holiday weekend in a long time that I have not had to be somewhere, do something for someone, or worry about how I am going to get things co-ordinated for work at the end of the weekend. This is truly a blessing, a chance to catch up with myself and see if I am indeed on the right track for the life I want to live.
The fact that I wrote the above paragraph is a clear sign that I’m still having a hard time staying on the track, which is not good.
The fact that I have a sense of where the track is and the will to stay on it is a good sign, so all is not lost.
The most important thing this weekend is to get back in touch with the End Goal: the manner of living that best suits me. When changes are still underway, before new habits are really formed, it’s important to check back often: do these changes fit with my program? Do they lead to my goal? Is this a side track, or something more trouble than it’s worth? I’m just full of those questions these days, because the track is still new.
It’s early Sunday morning and I’m the first one up. The cat is sitting on the bench in front of the window, watching birds and flowers bobbing in the sunshine and the breeze. Got a French press pot of coffee all to myself. I am about as relaxed as I can be when neither asleep nor meditating.
The things which feel right and true and clear in this state of mind are the ones to cling to.
A mind under stress, even good stress, can trick itself into multitasking or rationalizing destructive behaviors.
A mind in a relaxed state just doesn’t even go there. You let the answers come to you. You let your intuition make its way up to your thinking brain.
Time to do something like this is precious. If you don’t have this kind of time, then you are too busy to be yourself, to be human. There is more to life than being a multitasking entity, which seems to be what is expected of us, what we are raised and educated to be in American culture. We thus trade time for money, allow others to make us feel guilty or inadequate for not keeping to artificially imposed standards, and cover up those feelings of guilt with the gilt of too much stuff and more busywork. It’s all as genuine as a box of brightly-colored cereal.
Take time to just be. Get together with simple you. Put your Mind on a holiday, put the must-do’s and must-be’s into storage (or better yet toss them out), have a coffee with you in the early silent morning with the cat sitting on the bench in the window, and listen to what you have to say.
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