Work. My kids. My husband. My parents. My friends. Exercising, Cooking. Cleaning. Groceries. Running errands. Paying bills. Weeding. Decorating for the holidays. Summer camp registration. Vacation planning. Doctors, dentist, dog grooming appointments. Email. Social media. Gaming. Searching. Shipping back that thing I bought online I really don't like on sight. Blogging!!! It is super easy to stay busy. And if you're like me, you like to complain about being too busy. I don't think I actually know anyone that doesn't. We look for sympathy for how busy our lives are and compete for the Most Busy Person Award. We complain we never get the chance to just simply relax.
Well, I'm not so sure we want to relax. A strange statement to make, I know. But Francisco spoke in class today about how relaxing is really really hard. And I totally see what he means every time I am in a long hold of the simple pose in the photo above. When we are relaxing its game on with our emotions. All kinds of random thoughts and feelings start to pop up - the kind of thoughts and feelings that we can so conveniently ignore by keeping busy. The kind that we ask ourselves, where did that come from? But secretly we know. We just want to pretend we don't know so that we don't have to deal with it.
I wonder if we intentionally stay busy to avoid relaxing.
I wonder if we've taught ourselves to believe its safer to always be doing something rather than feeling something. Even though those feelings are always there, even when they're buried.
I wonder what would happen if everyone in the world truly relaxed each day. If everyone made time to simply rest. Might those ugly feelings dissipate? Might we be a happier, healthier people?