When assembly lines or plants are shut down so routine maintenance can be performed, the process is not described as “lazy.” Rather there is an understanding that the regular work routine needs to stop and machines need to rest and be repaired if the system is to function smoothly.
These rest periods are essential for sustainability. Resting allows the organism or the system, not only to recuperate, but also to regroup. To observe patterns, to notice assumptions, and to sit with the questions like: What is working? What needs to change? What is meaningful? What has been learned?
Nature powerfully demonstrates the cycle of productivity and rest every year. Seasonal patterns of birth and death. Specific times of activity (growth) and dormancy (hibernation). Shifting ecosystems adapt, and even mutate, to respond to environmental changes.
As you enter the season of fall, I invite you to plan for rest. To put your house in order, so to speak, so you may have the space and the resources to rest and to reflect.
Notice what language you use as you consider doing less. Are you using words which elicit support and relief or are you using words which cause you to feel guilty or ashamed?
Quite often our feelings about rest come from stories we were taught or from consequences we suffered from people who feared stillness. You now have more power, more experience, and more resources to make your own decisions about rest. You can change the narrative and create a story which values and appreciates stillness.
The opposite of productive is not lazy.
The opposite of productive is rest.
If you want help changing your narrative or incorporating periods of rest, consider seeking a private counseling session with me or registering for a class like Making Peace: Navigating Challenging Times with Body Wisdom or Journey with the Moon: An Embodied Approach to Wholeness.
I wish each one of you much ease and time to rest.
Kim Bushore-Maki is a soul-driven entrepreneur who understands the undeniable urge to create a business and a life filled with meaning and purpose. Her vision of opening a center where women could heal and grow led her to open Shakti in the Mountains in Johnson City, Tennessee: a place where the creative, feminine energy is nurtured and valued.
Five years later, Kim is still in the flow of supporting and building a healthy, vibrant community and now guides retreats, teaches yoga, and provides one-on-one services for women who want an immersion experience into the life-affirming, Shakti energy.
Kim’s training as a therapist and yoga teacher allows her to safely and compassionately guide women on a heart-centered journey to Self, where women re-connect with their beautiful, authentic spirit.