My journing in creating a burnout-proof life.
Slowing down will reduce the stress that is causing your burnout. Try this walking meditation to help you practice the slower pace.
Confession: My Birthday Month of Rest felt like it was on life support about mid-way through August. I led too many events for others and did not schedule enough time for myself.
I know from my years of yoga practice that my body, mind and soul function much better with a short practice each day. I also did a silent retreat as part of my most recent teacher training. I gave up screens for almost 48 hours that time and did NOT want to return to the real world after that.
The big-picture planning, which I had often set aside in favor of more pressing tasks in my daily life, suddenly comes together in minutes rather than hours. After I leave for the day, I have a clear sense of what I need to do for the coming month.
I don’t know all the answers to this huge cultural problem, but I do know one thing: We MUST do it in community to lend one another the applause we deserve when take a nap, say no to yet another obligation, or change jobs so that we can live more of a life.
I cannot contain what we experienced, on the longest day of the year, so I want to share a reflection exercise.
You can be authentic. You can be intentional. Be honest with yourself and your team. Pause and take little time to set an intention.
Having courage means having a soft front but also a strong back, as Buddhist teacher Roshi Joan Halifax has taught. The soft front means being open to new ideas, learnings and even criticisms. It means listening with your whole body, mind and heart to how people are feeling. Also having a strong back means holding up in the face of resistance when change needs to happen for the right reasons.
Shoring up connections to ourselves, each other and our core foundation will not only help us survive; it will empower us to thrive. We were born for such a time as this. Let’s live into that birthright