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lmost everyone is busy. Modern culture constructs and celebrates the myth of having it all, doing it all, and being it all — all at the same time. Inboxes are full. Multitasking is expected and yet, it diminishes the quality of the tasks. Long lists that are hard or impossible to get done hang in the air with judging scorn. Schedules are full of back to back appointments and activities. What are often compromised are relationships, self care, nourishment and rest. This widespread busyness lessens the capacity for compassion and makes grumpy, anxious, short-tempered, stressed-out people. Tracing the way back to the source of this mindless, distracted doing, exposes clues about the cultural messaging and conditioning that we are subjected to. Busyness seems to serve as a kind of existential reassurance, a safeguard against emptiness: “Life can’t possibly be meaningless if I am so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day. As long as I am moving, I am alive, I am doing something and I have relevance.”

Stillness and rest, in this culture, are often associated with indulgence and laziness. For example, when tired, have a cup of coffee or a sugary snack for a boost rather than listening to the body’s message that rest or deeper self-care is needed to restore balance. People, overwhelmed by life and circumstances, go day after day to yoga studios. They discover a place to transform their minds while unraveling the tension patterns in their bodies and nervous systems. The practices of mindful movement and meditation offer tools for relaxing, restoring, and releasing stress while returning harmony. Slowly, the practices reconstruct the misunderstandings of busyness to reveal ease. The resistance and struggle to let in surrender and stillness starts to soften in the time of practice, restoring meaning, purpose, value and love to replace the chaotic, erratic, wild, spinning movement of modern life. continued, page 26

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Inspired Health August 2016  

Our community is filled with people passionate about their healthy living and we wanted to create a forum for our local residents to be insp...

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