Have you ever felt like you were in that scene from Indiana Jones where the giant boulder is rolling towards Indy and there’s no place for him to get out of the way? I didn’t realize that’s how I felt until I took a week off in Florida last month. My calendar was very full during the first two months of 2019. Don’t get me wrong. I feel incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to facilitate three Family Constellations workshops over three consecutive weekends in January. Between workshops, I received more requests for private sessions than I could accommodate. What a great problem to have!
Not only did I have a lot to do for my own business, but I had quite a few responsibilities and deadlines looming over me as President of the Big Sky Retreat. Before I knew it, there was a very large boulder rolling toward me. For a few weeks, it felt like my only choice was to keep running or get flattened. I’m sure many of you can relate to that feeling, especially those who own their own business. It seems there is always something demanding attention. Taking a full day off can be challenging for me.
I am grateful that my partner reminds me to take a day off once in a while, and even more grateful that he suggested we take a trip to Fort Lauderdale the week of Valentine’s Day. What a different experience to not have anything on my calendar for an entire week! Well, that’s not entirely true. There were a few lunch and dinner dates with friends scattered throughout the week that we both thoroughly enjoyed. Some days, however, the only date we had was with a beach umbrella, our Kindles, and Mother Ocean. That spacious schedule along with the Florida sunshine and sea air helped me to step aside, take a deep breath, and let that boulder roll right past me.
If there’s a boulder chasing you, I highly encourage you to get out of the way by getting out of your everyday routine, even if it’s just for a day, a few hours, or a few minutes. Go visit a friend for the weekend. Take a walk in nature, read a book, or catch a movie. Meditate or take a nap for fifteen minutes. (If you’re like me, sometimes one turns into the other.) It may seem counterintuitive to take time off when there is so much to do, but I have learned that creating space in my schedule for rest and rejuvenation helps me to be more productive when I return to work. This week, not only do I feel more peaceful, but I have been scratching some big things off of my to do list and it feels great! Here is some good advice on this subject from Lesson 128 in A Course in Miracles:
Pause and be still a little while, and see how far you rise above the world, when you release your mind from chains and let it seek the level where it finds itself at home. It will be grateful to be free a while. It knows where it belongs. But free its wings, and it will fly in sureness and in joy to join its holy purpose.
I would be honored to help you rise above the world and release your mind from chains with a series of Life Coaching sessions or a private Family Constellations session. Look around my website or send me an email for more information about both of these life-changing opportunities.
Until next time, remember, it only takes a moment to step aside and let that boulder roll by.