I read a quote recently:
"If you get tired, learn to rest, not quit."
Oh how this hit home.
There is this misconception that yoga teachers have it all 'figured out'.
Ha. That's a joke.
No one has their shit all the way together.
No one, not even the Dali Lama.
The most 'woke' among us will attest to this. In fact, you'll know exactly when to call bullshit if some 'leader' or 'guide' claims to experience no negative emotion. Because that's simply opposite of our purpose here on Earth, in this physical experience, which is to learn.
We only learn through mistakes, challenges, discomfort, regret, anger, frustration, heartbreak, disappointment, and the like. These are the fuel and fire to our desire to grow, change, evolve.
Because if you don't become uncomfortable, why would you ever choose to pursue a different path? Maybe if you get bored enough, but that will only get you so far.
The reality is that most of us are entirely overworked, and not getting enough rest.
Yes, I am sometimes, more often than I would like to admit (though not all of the time) one of those people.
So when I saw this quote, it was a big ah-ha moment for me.
Whether or not you realize it now, at some point you will, taking your own advice can be challenging.
You can know things, lots of things, but to integrate them is an entirely different thing.
For example, I know that taking breaks is incredibly important if I am to maintain consistent flow, progress, happiness, joy, and a sense of freedom.
But it's the nature of those breaks that matter, and the hard truth I faced after reading that quote was I haven't been giving myself the type of rest I really need to thrive.
Like Goldilocks & the Three Bears, you've got to find the formula that feels 'just right' for you.
What you (and I) need in terms of rest also depends on what sort of challenge is currently being faced.
A long day at work requires a different rest formula if there are other major life changes going on, like a move, a financial issue, or a break-up.
I've found that our inner world starts coming outward when we really, really need to rest. The parts of ourself that hold onto the most fear, sense of lack, and sadness start to rear their heads in our day-to-day.
Take a moment and consider, ideally write down or voice record, the signs you know indicate you need to take a nice long breather.
Seek out the spaces where you know you can rest when you need to, and start the process, right here and right now, of creating boundaries in your life so you can most fully tune-out, recharge, reset, and deeply rest.
Yoga, meditation, and breath-work are just the tip of the iceberg. Time in nature, with loved ones, even just snuggled up in bed with tea are all stress-detox formulas.
At the end of the day only you know what works best for you.
It's a process though. A learning, a growing, an establishing of an advocate for Self.
But it's worth it.
Learn to rest.
Learn to rest and you are much, much liker to finish what your heart longs to create.