Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed. Indra Devi
Since the industrial revolution our time has been monopolised by governments and enterprises. The concept of doing nothing is alien to many in secular societies. The secret to happy life is to watch and learn from nature lessons.
The seasons , the night and day create natural cycles of time, a time for work and a time for rest. In many cultures religious practices became holidays and even the famous sabbath became a time of rest. The demands on our brain is ever increasing outside of the work environment from social media to technologies that entertain us.
Observing nature today as part of my weekly meditation process reminded me the importance of downtime of being present with self and the environment, many call it mindfulness. Ekhart Tolle observed that being present isn’t a mind full of anything. Maybe a better better term is to relax the mind and body, not doing but being. The weather has been very wet this weekend in the UK limiting my opportunity to be with nature who soothes my soul. I noticed during this time and asked the question: Where are the animals and birds? Obviously they were sheltering somewhere from the wet weather and not worrying about their daily activities while resting. The land rests during the winter being regenerated for the spring offering a bundle of joy for all to enjoy then.
There is a lot of science and psychological research showing the benefits on having downtime for the brain and the body. One really good concise article below for further reading.
When your plans change for whatever reason don’t get anxious take the opportunities to rest your mind and body. New mantra to adopt: Don’t get stressed have some rest.