Even Dakota, pictured above, is waiting for me to say, “Wanna go for a walk?” His mind is in constant motion. But for a little while both he and I kept still even if our minds went crazy.
I let the crazy fly through and move on.
Even if I can’t be completely inactive, I try to take the time to sit and read. Dakota enjoys chomping on his toy, named Marvin, or chewing on a bone. Having that quiet time rejuvenates me for the chaos of my week.
In order to go inactive, another word for downtime, I need to prioritize. I haven’t stopped for months, so I worked really hard to keep this weekend free. I may go on walks, tend my garden, read and write, but I’m home and in slow mode.
Perhaps there are different levels that we should strive for.
Stillness- simple meditation where we sit in a comfortable position, focus on our breath, and let our thoughts go.
Inactivity-Hanging out in your backyard, pool, beach, the woods, or anywhere you can relax and not be required to do anything.
Slow Mode-keeping your schedule light, so that you can do something you love or be with those you love. No schedule.
Conscious Activity-choosing to go to events, be with friends, finish that project you have left for months. You make a conscious decision to do what is important to you, not because you feel obligated.
Busy Bee Mode-working, fulfilling family and other obligations, every day chores that must get done. Deadlines. Goals.
None of these levels of activity are all good or bad. If you sat in stillness all the time or never had downtime, your body and mind might eventually rebel.
Finding the balance and giving yourself permission to be in any of these modes are key to living a full life.
What level of activity are you at today?