Mind & Spirit

The power of resting and receiving

 

I recently went to a Kundalini yoga session with my daughter Amanda. I love this form of yoga and I knew it would be a good session but I was particularly thrilled as the focus of the evening was “Slow Down”.

This touched a spot with me as I have been trying very hard to do this all this year… though not always with great success! Why would I be trying to slow down and why was this subject for a yoga session? Here are some reasons I believe taking life with less of a full-on rush is a good thing.

1. We can always do with less stress

The greatest cause of illness in our time is stress. Stress is an anxiety that wriggles around in our solar plexus, increases our pulse and heartbeat, and destroys our sense of peace and serenity. It is caused by doing too much in too little time, or trying to achieve something that is beyond our control or out of reach.

Most stress that I experience comes from giving myself too much to do in too little time, so I have a constant sense of driving myself to catch up or to achieve. I have felt this driving force within me for years; even when I started to work with Spirit and to traverse a spiritual path of healing, I still had this sense of constantly trying to compete with time. Old habits die hard and I still find that I have a to-do list constantly by my side or in my head, but this year, I made the conscious decision to cut back on my schedule and allow myself more time.

2. We can prevent illnesses

When I don’t allow myself time to think, ponder, rest, relax and generally recharge my energies, or when I am constantly running on adrenaline and stress, I eventually get sick. In the last year, I’ve had acute ear infections that laid me low for weeks, eye infections, sore throats and a nasty viral attack that completely took all my energy for 10 days. My body was doing its upmost to show me that I needed to slow down — but I am obviously a slow learner!

Each time I have been laid out and “forced” to rest, I have received some great spiritual insights and my healing has moved to the next level. To use the general expression indicating a spiritual step forward, I feel I have shifted! But why don’t I allow myself to get there without having to push myself to a point that I get sick?

3. We deserve regular time-outs

This time-out we give ourselves does not have to be an organised trip or an event such as a party; nor does it have to involve other people. You can simply take time to sit in the garden and read a book or listen to a favourite radio program without multi-tasking; it could be going to bed early and just lying there listening to your heartbeat.

Holidays are great but it’s your approach to your time-out that counts. No guilt please — this time is important for you for recovery and for self-development.

4. Resting allows us to receive

When I actually take my own advice and take time out without putting any pressure on myself, I find I get the most amazing (spiritual) insights. I was in Spain recently, ostensibly to start my next novel, but I eventually decided to do nothing about it and let my laptop lay idle for the entire trip. Hah! I was being rebel, a revolutionary… or I was getting some sense at last? I listened to my inner voice, which said to do nothing other than rest, receive and take a few trips to the beautiful restaurants of Marbella. So that’s what I did.

In that time, I felt I made amazing connections and had conversations with a force of light I call God. These messages felt was so pure and so refined that I could even feel my body tingle as these insights and spiritual guidance came through. Best of all, I got all this information and more without falling ill once! I also didn’t have to go into any heavy meditations but just asked questions with the intention of receiving answers — and so I did.

A guide for slowing down

Back at that kundalini session, the yoga teacher also us some great advice for slowing down. Here are some of her ideas and some others I have picked up along the way:

  • When you feel yourself getting over excited and rushing about, take deep breaths. It is preferable that you sit down and breathe through just your left nostril.
  • Turn off your car radio as you’re driving and enjoy that quiet time.
  • If you feel you must work with a structured schedule each day then schedule in coffee breaks and down time.
  • If you feel tired, don’t fight it but go to bed early at night or have a nap in the daytime if your lifestyle allows. Do as the Spaniards do by calling it a siesta and you will feel no guilt at all.
  • Cut down your “Must Dos” and “Should Dos” by thinking of it as a chance to regenerate, recalibrate and recharge your energies. If you have a clear purpose, it will be easier to carry through to completion those tasks that you really want to do.
  • Make a vow that you will feel no guilt when you take time out for yourself.
  • Know that time is actually elastic and when you do things at Heart Time — in other words, when you feel it’s really right and when it feels good to do it — there will always be time to complete any essential task.
  • Let go of doing anything that doesn’t feel right to you or which you are doing only because you feel obliged to or which you “ought” to.
  • Focus on one thing at a time and don’t multitask. Don’t scatter your energies by starting something then jumping to something else before completion.
  • Treat yourself to a day when you drive slower than normal, walk around the garden without a purpose, have a lie-in and generally take everything at a much slower speed.
  • Meditate: Every month, I record a meditation and a healing session for the group I host on my Power of You website. This month (August) I have recorded a meditation to Slow You Down which you can follow as a guide to relax. Or, put on any music that relaxes you, shut the door, turn off the phone and just lie down for a while.

Go well, go slow.

 

This article has also been published on Anne’s personal blog and can be read here

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Anne Jones

Anne Jones

Anne Jones is an author, healer and spiritual guide who physically resides in Hampshire, England but whose heart lives all around the world. She started her healing journey in 1992, and through many workshops and retreats, has worked with countless people to understand their spiritual paths, heal trauma, reclaim their confidence, self-esteem and love. She has also authored six books, created meditation and healing CDs, a range of healing symbol jewellery and oracle cards. Anne is now connecting to even more of the world by sharing her healing methods and teachings through the Internet. Connect with her through her website, her personal blog where she shares spiritual musings and answers readers’ questions, via her many YouTube videos and on Facebook.

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