Day 2: Relaxing Into the Space Between What Has Been and What Is Yet to Be
Advice from Lori Mazan, Sounding Board
Lori Mazan, Sounding Board
2021 was a tough year for many people. Instead of giving yourself more work over the holidays, how about just relaxing into the space between what has been and what is yet to be? The year-end and year beginning process doesn’t have to feel like work. Your brain loves it when you give it a job to work on in the background while you go play.
Think about when you have your best inspiration. It’s usually not at your desk. It’s in the middle of the night, or in the shower, or when you are driving, exercising, or socializing. Your brain works really well in the background, so give yourself a problem to solve: “What do I want for 2022?” Then go rest, play, and enjoy. Sometimes slowing down and being with the moment can be the juiciest, most rejuvenating thing to do. This could be just a little creative activity without any purpose: lots of napping, reading for pleasure (no workbooks), playing, sitting, and letting things settle. See what inspiration, ideas, and brilliance show up!
Deb’s Note: I find when I am faced with a dilemma or struggle, going for a walk or taking a shower is a way to clear my mind and move forward. We think work can only be done at a physical place called “work”, but actually, some of the best ideas and insights come from the space outside. Keep a recording app or notebook handy to capture your thoughts so you don’t lose these moments of brilliance and clarity.
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This reminded me of my uncle, who only just passed. He gave me a piece of advice that I never forgot and use, to this day: when you're feeling overwhelmed or just need a breather, turn on a cartoon. Watch it. Enjoy it. Everything will still be there after, but for a moment, give your brain a break. It helps so much to just let yourself wander.
Great advice and right moment to do it…