Our society is addicted to productivity.
We think productivity increases our value as a human.
And we want to be valued and loved.
So…we become addicted to productivity.
Here’s a reframe on taking a break or slowing down: You are not weak, you’re not giving up or losing ambition, and you sure as hell aren’t lazy.
When you pause, you are rebellious and wise. Courageous. You’re synchronized with Mother Nature herself.
By going into savasana, stopping — especially at the eleventh hour — you will be challenging YOUR own notion of your value, and THEIR notion of your value. You have to rally strength to REPRIORITIZE AGAINST THE NORM, because collective insanity does not cheer on wellness and wisdom.
Sabbaticals. Extended holidays. 4-day work weeks. Shorter work days…all of these practices run counter to so many of our current addictions. The system is set up for us to rest after we’ve “made it”. Hustlers flaunt their vacation-loaded lifestyles and the message is clear: “I got money and I bought me some time with it.” When motivators talk about taking a break, it’s usually in the context of pausing so you can be more productive later — that’s the addiction disguised as self-help. Pause to FEEL. Pause to KNOW YOURSELF BETTER. Pause for LOVE.
Wisdom is so underrated these days. Slowing down won’t get you any “heroine” accolades. But…
Give your friends a nudge to chill. Press send. xo
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