Rest seems like a pretty simple concept, and in many ways it is.
But the way that we have come to understand and use rest may actually be doing you more harm than good.
You see, many people misconstrue low energy for tiredness resulting in resting, when in fact they should be cultivating (building) energy.
It seems pretty natural to come home from work after a long day and want to do nothing, you may in actual fact feel drained and you most probably are.
But drained doesn’t necessarily mean tired.
And you’re drained of what exactly?
Well, you’re drained of energy and when you’re drained of energy, the logical thing to do is to ‘recharge’.
This is where is gets interesting.
Heat is energy, so instead of stillness and sitting around doing nothing, what you probably should be doing at this point is actually moving and generating heat.
Building your fire, cultivating energy and then letting it burn.
It’s only after you’ve built the energy, then burnt it, that real exhaustion may begin to set in, allowing you to rest, but rest properly.
This is what I find people get wrong about ‘finding balance’.
People tend to equate balance with only stillness, with having only that sense of peace in mind.
But that’s not how balance actually works in nature.
Balance is about the interplay between movement and stillness, fire and water, joy and sadness, stress and calmness.
It’s this constant movement between yin and yang that allows you to experience the fullness of living a truly balanced life.
It’s as much about managing your energy and your different states as it is about managing your time.
It’s also about managing what you do, when and why you do it.
It’s about learning to understand and sense what you need and when you need it and then being able to shift your state as required, maintaining that perfect order between yin and yang.
This process is fluid, it not only changes from day to day, but moment to moment as the environment around you is constantly changing.
So ultimately it’s up to you, as the individual, to keep the cycle in harmony with it’s most natural order.
So when I introduce the concept of a retreat exploring balance, I’m not talking about simple yoga and meditation, it’s much deeper than that.
Although in October, yoga and meditation will be tools that you will use to experience the exact shifts I’m talking about
This will allow you to better identify what you need and when you need it, to be able to make those all important shifts as you navigate your way through your life.
I’m really hoping that makes sense, as I do seem to be getting the same questions and perceptions about balance over and over again, so I wanted to take a moment to clarify what I mean by balance exactly.