get some light and shade… for a fresh view

Posted on August 18th, 2010

I like this nice little reminder from DailyOM on having breaks when you’re going hard. I’m a big fan of having light and shade in life. To sprint and rest. It’s hard to remember to create these contrasts, sometimes.

(The pic below is a ripper….courtesy of Eugene at Aquabumps, he of the “checking in with my inside people” philosophy.)


A New Approach
Taking a Break from What You Are Doing

Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our thoughts that we wind up going round in round in circles, finding it difficult to concentrate on things and, because we are so distracted, not really accomplishing much. There may be signals˜mental, emotional, and physical˜that tell us we need to slow down and relax. Since we are so involved in things that are external to us, however, we may easily overlook what is really going on inside of us. It is during these times that we need to step back from the things that occupy our minds and take time out to connect with our inner self, giving our minds, bodies, and spirits the time they need to reenergize and heal.

At first it may seem that by taking a break we may not be as productive as we would initially like. In reality, a healthy period of rest is something that gives us a real sense of the unlimited nature of our true potential. Spending a couple of minutes walking outside, doing a few yoga poses, meditating, or simply becoming attuned to the rising and falling of our breath enables us to let go of our worries. This act brings our focus back to the things that are truly essential for us, such as our sense of oneness with the universe and our inner peace and well-being. As we begin to get in touch with this part of ourselves, we will find that our usual everyday troubles and worries become less critical and that we not only have much more room in our lives to really reflect on the issues that mean the most to us, but we are also able bring to all the situations we encounter a much more positive and healthy outlook.

Giving ourselves respite from our daily concerns is like giving a gift to ourselves. By stepping away from the problems that seem to saturate our thoughts, we lessen the weight of our troubles and instead become more receptive to the wisdom and answers the universe has to offer us.

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  • The Universe is so speaking to me today. I need a break and I needed this! Thanks Sarah, yet again!


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  • It is on the days that I am most “busy” or have that feeling of “busyness” that I make sure I head outside for a walk, run or a ride. I return with more energy, focus and clarity. Time away well spent.


  • Stephanie

    Lovely! I also enjoyed yesterday’s entry. Thank you!


  • Selena

    Sarah, I feel your posts and thoughts mirror my life 🙂 I decided to take 1 week annual leave this week to do nothing much at all and it’s been great!


  • jules

    love daily om… something for everyone.. something for me it seems everyday… thanks for this. xxx


  • jinty

    thanks Sarah..your messages seem to hit home best on those darkest am gonna head off and walk awhile in the sunshine and snow..
    You hit the spot, make me realise it is only one day, but sooo many expectations to it..
    Thank you and enjoy x


  • I must say, as a lot as I enjoyed reading what you had to say, I couldnt help but lose interest after a while. Its as if you had a fantastic grasp to the subject matter, but you forgot to include your readers. Perhaps you should think about this from extra than 1 angle. Or maybe you shouldnt generalise so significantly. Its better if you think about what others may have to say instead of just going for a gut reaction to the subject. Think about adjusting your own thought process and giving others who may read this the benefit of the doubt.