Suffering From Spiritual Busyness? Rest Is Your Answer
It’s easy to get excited about all of the ways to self-improve. Yoga, meditation, chanting, smudge sticks, the list goes on and on. You can get caught up in the whirlwind of spiritual growth, expending tons of energy.
Busyness is okay, it’s just when we take it to extremes that we aren’t allowing ourselves to breathe. We aren’t allowing ourselves to let everything we’ve learned sink in. Perhaps most importantly, we aren’t allowing room for our intuitions to speak to us. It’s easy to get caught up in the exciting life of being a spiritual person, but a great solution is always to rest. You’re not doing anything wrong, this is all just a natural part of the path. The pendulum swings in one way and then it swings in the other. The excitement around new spiritual practices is so special and normal. It just becomes a problem when it gets to a point when you’re lacking relaxation. To make the pendulum fall more in the middle, you have to rest.
Note that if you’re someone who always has a perfect balance in your life, I’m not talking to you.
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Be gentle with yourself; you’re doing the best you can. Now don’t beat yourself up about doing lots of things. Just gently shift your focus to the concept of rest. Let’s start with the literal concept of rest: sleep. Maybe you’re lacking in the hours of sleep that you need. Perhaps you’re not spending enough time with your loved ones. Or, you’re spending a ton of money on spiritual knick-knacks that are no doubt important, but questionably necessary.
So, we’ve identified that you may be suffering from spiritual busyness, but how exactly can you go about resting? Well, you can do the opposite of each of what we just identified: adjust your sleep so it’s better in quality and quantity, spend more time with loved ones, spend less unnecessary money. These are a good start.
Though more options are to take more quiet time (even outside of meditation and savasana) and not try to be the best at everything. That second one may sound vague, but practicing letting yourself be a human instead of a ball of perfection does wonders for resting. Rest is essential. It’s healing and it’s a period of reconstruction. You can let everything sink in while also just chilling the heck out. Drop the project and the agenda because you deserve to rest.
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