Inspiration: How Do You Relax?
“Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.” Osho
We’ve had a long and challenging day. Our muscles are taut, our mind is stressed, and we desperately need to unwind… How do you relax? What props/tools help you achieve a state of relaxation? When we surrender our expectations, our worries, our fears to the universe, we experience true relaxation; however, we must go within… Our lives are busy enough and the last thing anyone needs is to continue the mental chatter, the inner turmoil at home. Interspersed throughout this post are relaxation tips we can use. We can start to unwind with a soothing, warm bath and relaxing music. Or we can try massage, meditation, yoga postures or even a contemplative walk… What do you typically do?
When we enter the realm of relaxation, creativity and clarity meet us there. Music like Paul Collier’s ‘Slow Down‘ above can help. Unwinding with a good book or even drinking a cup of tea can start us on our journey to relaxation. Another merit of relaxation is that it can help us with our problem-solving skills. William S. Burroughs explains it well when he says, “Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” So RELAX!
“Calm in quietude is not real calm. When you can be calm in the midst of activity, this is the true state of nature. Happiness in comfort is not real happiness. When you can be happy in the midst of hardship, then you see the true potential of the mind.” Huanchu Daoren (Hong Zicheng)
Most of us find calm and comfort in nature; especially around water. When we are near bodies of active, moving water, we feel both the cleansing powers and the soothing energy of the water. Our intuitive nature is keenly aware of this watery gift, perhaps something to do with our body memory of being cocooned in the womb, and that is why many of us take bubble baths or a shower to help us relax.
Awareness of our body memory might also explain our instinctive need to cocoon ourselves by dimming the lights in a room, changing into comfy clothes, and cuddling up in bed or on our sofa with a toddy, a glass of wine or a cup of tea. The fluids we imbibe, the bath water, water falls or ocean breeze we enjoy, help us reach that place of calm inside. More below. 😉
“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” Etty Hillesum
Whether you choose to blog, cook a nice meal, take a nap, do some exercise like yoga, play a favorite musical instrument or do some house spring cleaning, one thing we must all do to aid our relaxation is to BREATHE. Taking a few deep breaths, with pauses in between can be the most rejuvenating gift we offer our bodies when under stress… Don’t forget to breathe; no matter how breathtaking the scenery, we all need oxygen for our lungs and brains… Relax.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax (Don’t Do It) 😉
For inner peace, we reach again and again for the calming effects of water and for soft, lilting music that remind us of the fluid, cool and quiet rhythms we find near water. Halpern’s and perhaps Frankie’s music transports us from the stress and chaos, to a place of blissful rest.
“When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.” Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Some of us feel guilty about sitting down and doing nothing, or doing something “mindless.” Why? We act as if the Angel of Incomplete Tasks will come and take us away. Relaxation is not only necessary but healthy. So go watch a soothing movie, fun TV, your favorite show or do some window shopping online… Chill out, you’ve earned it. What are your thoughts? How do you relax? What props/tools help you achieve a state of relaxation? Do you make time to unwind and relax at the end of your day? If not, why not? Do you think it would make a difference? Do share! Thank you. 😉
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Plinky: How do you relax after a long, stressful day?
Positive Motivation Tip: True relaxation comes after we have surrendered our expectations to the universe; then go within…
- Musings: Learning To Relax Amidst Chaos… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Inspiration: Where Do You Go For Quiet Time…? (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Band creates the ‘most relaxing tune ever’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Sleeping is not relaxing (andrealeber.wordpress.com)
- Meditation and Relaxation Exercise [Nic Oliver] (ecademy.com)
- Stress busting (bupa.com.au)
- Arthritis Pain Management: Relaxation Part 11 (coastalhealthinfoservice.com)