After a recent journey to California for a retreat and time with good friends, this article from David (a student and teacher trainee at North Main Yoga) felt like a timely post…
One day when I was ten my dad woke me up early in the morning and asked if I wanted to play hooky from school. Who could refuse such an offer? He drove us down to Santa Monica pier where our first stop was to find a pay phone. He called my school and said I would not be coming in today. He then called his company and told them the same story. This is one of the most cherished memories I have of my father. Not only did he make me feel very special that day, he also taught me an important lesson. It is okay to take a break once in a while. While the rest of the world was stuck in their daily grind we merrily kicked a soccer ball along the beach.
With the pressures that most of our face during our daily lives it is important to know when to take a break. You may not choose to run off to the beach (I dare you to do this one day), but even smaller breaks can leave you refreshed and ready to tackle any upcoming tasks. Most days at work I find the time to either take a small walk around our facility or build in mini mindfulness pauses which help me to regain my center.
Practicing yoga has helped to remind me that taking a break is OK. Whether you want to back off from pushing yourself 120% during a pose or feel the need to drop down into child’s pose for a few breaths; looking after yourself is one of the most important things you can do.
What have you done lately to take a break? How do you create a moment of mindfulness in the midst of a busy world?
Written by David Allwright- student, teacher and friend