“We often seem to value activity above all else, but like all beings we need to rest and recuperate. I suspect the widespread occurrence of depression in our culture is linked to our refusal to allow ourselves quiet time. Feeling the need to remain constantly busy – mentally or physically – in socially productive activity can prevent us from turning inward to simply be with ourselves. Such inward turning requires time and might lower productivity and social standing. It is not that all activity is bad, but many of us are far out of balance and our activity does not come from a place of stillness and wisdom.” ~ Robert Kull, Solitude
“Saying that you don’t have time to improve your thoughts and your life is like saying you don’t have time to stop for gas because you are too busy driving. Eventually it will catch up with you.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
“With machines coming to seem part of our nervous systems, while increasing their speed every season, we’ve lost our Sundays, our weekends, our nights off – our holy days, as some would have it; our bosses, junk mailers, our parents can find us wherever we are, at any time of day or night. More and more of us feel like emergency-room physicians, permanently on call, required to heal ourselves but unable to find the prescription for all the clutter on our desk.” ~ Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness
“If we would just slow down, happiness would catch up to us.” ~ Richard Carlson
Sometimes we get so caught up with to-do lists, take action lists, incoming calls, outgoing texts, filled inboxes, etc., etc., etc., that our life feels like a non-stop, crazy, stressful, mess!
By adding breaks to your schedule, you give your mind an opportunity to settle, clear, unwind, and recharge – so that when you get back to your day, you are able to perform at your best.
I like to think there are three different kinds of breaks that you can add to your day: punctuation breaks, paragraph breaks, and paper breaks. Continue reading
“We’re not really taught how to recreate constructively. We need to do more than find diversions; we need to restore and expand ourselves. Our idea of relaxing is all too often to plop down in front of the television set and let its pandering idiocy liquefy our brains. Shutting off the thought process is not rejuvenating; the mind is like a car battery – it recharges by running.” ~ Bill Watterson, Creator of Calvin and Hobbes