"Life is about balance.
You don't always need to be getting stuff done.
Sometimes its perfectly okay, and absolutely necessary,
to shut down, kick back, and do nothing."
~Lori Deschene ~
We live in go-go-go society, where we've adopted the belief that never-ending to do lists and busy, un-yielding schedules are necessary to be and feel successful.
While success and productivity are great, our definitions and values surrounding these concepts are largely misguided. To us, productivity, means doing more, and we believe this type of productivity is required to be successful. Furthermore, many of us associate (to some degree) our own value or worthiness with our success in life. So essentially, we think that doing more makes us better people.
When we believe so deeply that doing more makes us better people, then what do we believe about ourselves when we do less?
Did you know that we are the only species capable of consciously controlling our breath?But how many of us are actually even conscious of our breath everyday? And what benefit is this ability to us?
BKS Lyengar answered this question best by saying: "the mind is the king of the senses, but the breath is the king of the mind." All other species have an automatic breath response to situations that arise throughout their daily lives. For example, when prey is being chased by a predator, the "fight-or-flight" response is activated and the breath automatically becomes shallow and rapid. This breath response causes the heart rate to increase, pumping more blood to the muscles to prepare them for action.
But what happens when we live in a society that perpetuates a continued state of stress and anxiety?
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