Can you be extremely busy and also be extremely gentle on yourself while navigating the tight deadlines calmly?
Can feel like you’re getting a shit ton done but as if you’re moving so slowly?
That’s what this week has felt like for me – an insane amount of deadlines and to-do’s but the knowledge that if I do it in a frenzy I will put my back out again. So I did the fast slowly.
I wanted to share the two things that helped me with you. They are so simple but so effective.
The first was taking 15 min ‘time-out’ sessions flat on my back on a yoga mat with my feet on a knee-height table and my thighs in a yoga strap and my head supported on a curved blanket to just breathe. Not even meditate. Just lie there and give myself time. Every time I sensed tension in my back, hips or gluts, I stopped whatever I was doing and I lay in repose. .
The second was a daily ocean swim. At lunchtime or in the evening, just a quick dip – it’s like the soft up and down of the waves was ironing out my kinks. I know living by the sea is a privilege and I’m deeply grateful for it, but if you live near any kind of clean body of water – tap into it. It’s a cleansing surrender like no other. The sea really does set you free – trite but true.
Today was the maddest of days this week. I nearly didn’t paint. I wanted to post an old painting. But then I remembered that I wanted this life. I actively participated in creating it. .
I painted this interpretation of a beautiful Jeremy Bishop photo on Unsplash to honour all that’s involved in riding the wave – the lulls, the massive sets, the giants and the foamies – it doesn’t matter how big the wave is – if you find the sweet spot underneath, you can turn its power into your release.
There is nothing more urgent than your wellbeing. 💙