The Rhythms of Action and Rest

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Rest is mostly overlooked as a sound business strategy.

We push and pull and rush until we quite literally collapse.

So many of us resist our need for quiet and stillness. I know I have fallen into the busy trap more often than I would care to admit.

Without the cloak of busy-ness, we are frequently uncomfortable.

And, let’s face it - there is always too much to do. No time for restoration.

But what about nature’s need — our need — for deep winter? For the time of quiet and dark that nourishes the seed of new beginnings?

Dark and light. Yin and yang. Hot and cold.

States cannot exist without their opposite.

Rest is not a moral failing, but a requirement of our humanity. Stillness is part of our rhythmic connection with the seasons and the universe at large. Our work has the same requirements for sustainability and health. And when we are the heart of our business? Periods of rest are a necessity.

The end of yoga practice calls for rest in Savasana.

After the activity of practice, the pose of savasana is the counterbalance. After asking our bodies to expand into the limits of movement, we are able to come to stillness more easily.

Savasana is difficult because it is not a pose to “be done”. It is a posture of receptivity. We are exposed – our soft bellies being breathed.

In Savasana we surrender to the earth. We feel the ground rise up beneath our prone bodies, supporting us fully.

Our hearts beat, our bodies hum with delight, as the breath rises and falls.

There is nothing more delicious, or challenging. And, it is often what we need most.

All we are required to do is receive the gift of our lives in the moment.

Our body welcomes us home.

In these short days of winter in the northern hemisphere, when we are expected to rev our engines and go even faster, it is a radical act to make space for restoration and reflection. Can you make time for your own need for stillness?

Your body will thank you. Your business will bless you. People around you will marvel at the sight of a well-rested you.

Whether you practice yoga or not, savasana is a practice for every body. And if you are a yoga practitioner, chances are that you haven’t had time for your regular class or practice during the holiday season.

Can you make five, or even ten minutes each day?

Practicing Savasana

Drop to the floor and lie in a comfortable position, on your back. Line up your spine and allow your hands to face upward, in a gesture of receptivity. Let your legs open from the hips, so your feet roll out to the side. Close your eyes and let them be soft. Let the tongue drop from the roof of the mouth as the muscles of the face soften. Notice how your belly rises and falls with the each breath. Notice your heart beat. Feel the muscles and fascia sinking toward the earth as you give yourself over to gravity.

Listen to your body in all its gloriousness. {Would you like a guided version of a savasana with some relaxing breath? Download it here.}

Rest, and receive yourSelf in this moment.

Let a smile play across your lips, knowing that by honoring your natural rhythms of activity and restoration, you are plugging in to a greater source. In connecting to that source, you are creating space for magic in your life, your business – and beyond.

May you find time for rest and stillness in the coming weeks, as the calendar turns from one year to the next. May your commitment to honor the rhythms of activity and rest inspire you in the coming year.

If you seek support to honor your rhythms and you are ready to gift yourself seasonal energetic and practical support, HELD offers earth medicine, community connection and monthly visioning workshops to help you grow your beautiful work. Registration closes December 17th.

I would love to hold you, and your desires, in 2019.

xo.nona

 

Nona Jordan

I'm Nona Jordan: master certified coach, energy worker and former CPA. I support coaches, healing practitioners, and creative entrepreneurs who are ready to discover the wealth within themselves. I match your fierce commitment with loving support and visionary inspiration to help you chart a course for financial and business success through clear vision, inspired action and play (yes, play). When you embody the power of your true nature you lay claim to a way of living that is incredibly meaningful and aligned with the truth of who you are and the life you are here to live.