Life is too short to step back, breathe and relax. At least that’s what my brain tells me as I take on “just one more” task or commitment. But isn’t it interesting how time actually seems to slow down so we can immerse in truly living when we step back, relax an breathe?
In dance we are encouraged to take two steps in a dance move then pause for two counts–taking the time to think about and learn from what we are actually doing.
In music, the intense beauty in a sound clip is often found in the rest between notes.
What inspires you to step back and breathe? And how did you find it? I found a recent happy place during the crazy schedule we had at our company meetup.
We hit the ground running on a Saturday afternoon. From that moment on, we had opportunities to play, learn, laugh, and work next to comrade-colleagues we only see once or twice a year. Events and sessions kept us active (if we wanted) from about 6am until 2am the next day every day (and some nights went later for some). It’s an exhausting and beautiful time.
Since I am struggling to maintain a healthy weight I was determined to exercise and ward off a repeats of last year’s +7 lbs gained over the amazing week of incredible food choices. Because of this, for the majority of my days at the meetup, no matter how late I was up, I tried to go for a 7-ish am swim. I really missed it and felt off-kilter the days I didn’t do it.
It wasn’t a huge swim (I also went for walks during lunch and in evenings), but I got some laps and treading-water time in. Then came my blissful moments — for about five minutes, I would just float on my back and…
Relax and Breathe
And this was my view as I did so:
Dawn in Florida with birds segmenting the distance between my floating body and the setting moon.
Now that I’m home, on a daily basis I find myself back in those moments as I lay in a bed of gently lapping waves, staring at the sky, and listening to my own long breaths as they echoed underwater. As I think of it, I’m filled with tranquility.
I’m going to leave those thoughts there. And in closure, join me in my quest for some peace amidst the chaos of life. I think the impulse of my brain is wrong. We DO have time to breathe and enjoy all we have and refocus. On that note…
10 responses to “Breathe and Relax — Get the Most out of Life”
The breathing video was fun to watch. That’s marvelous that you had such a rewarding time in FL.
I learned soooooo much that week. Not just how to relax a bit 😉 It was a gift.
Wish we were together so that I could hear all about it.
I thought I’d be able to step back, breathe and relax more when I retired. LOL. I still have to set those boundaries pretty firmly.
I’ve heard retirement is when you realize the rest of your life was slow motion 😉
Beautiful. May the tranquillity continue. Ahhh.
Thanks. And peace to you as well. 🙂
Mmm… there’s *nothing* like floating on your back in a pool with your eyes closed, huh? Ahh!
You are so right.