Day 12 ~ July 20, 2023
Welcome back to the Awaken in the Present: Embrace the Now Challenge! How in the present are we after 11 days? Is it getting a bit easier? How are the exercises working for you?
So, let’s see. What’s on the agenda for today. I’m thinking about Breaktime!
I challenge you to take a break, just give yourself a break!!!
This comes from someone who needs to intentionally practice this exercise. I am very bad at taking time for me. It really came to a head as my 30-year corporate career was coming to an end. I spent so many years going and going and going. I would forget to eat breakfast, then lunch came so late, and bathroom breaks, they were not thought of. Really, what was I doing to myself. I was under the impression that if I just worked straight through, I would get everything done faster and end work at a decent hour. But that is not what happened. I would finish and then just keep going. I had been doing it so long that I didn’t realize what I was doing or why I was doing it.
But the universe has a way in which it makes you notice. Small health concerns started to pop up and I heard it loud and clear. I started to take breaks for myself. At first short ones. A few minutes here and there at it was hard to start making this change. And then eventually I moved to actual breaks that had bigger impacts on me. I was learning to live in the present by taking time for me. And not working and going for the future. I was noticing things about myself and around me. And that it was not only affecting me.
I have to say I still struggle a bit with taking breaks, but it is easier to feel into myself and to stop to see what I need. My intention is there and that makes the difference.
So, take it from me, give yourself a break!