Relax, Refresh, Recharge?

The Seeker of the Grail Post #12

I was thinking the other day on the people I know who love what they do daily, and comparing them to the people who don’t love what they do on a daily basis. What was I comparing?

How and when they take breaks.

We see and hear about “relax, refresh, recharge,” but most of us consider that only when we have been at our 9-5 and feel like screaming at our boss. We think, “I need a vacation on the beach.” But why the beach? If you wanted to vacation on the beach, why wouldn’t you find a way to live there, so that you could always feel relaxed, refreshed, and recharged?

Everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes...including you. Anne Lamott Quote
Anne Lamott Quote

People who do things that they love daily more than likely always feel some sort of relaxation, because their work is refreshing, and it’s being in that moment daily with what it is they love to do that’s so recharging. So why do they need to take breaks?

Inspiration and creativity are one’s way of connecting within to that module that lies inside of all of us. K-12 schooling and college more times than not turn that module off. We are taught to mechanically do things, and as humans, that’s what causes the need to “relax, refresh, and recharge.” Taking breaks for the person who LIVES that way, is about taking a step back.

Sometimes you need a mental break Life tip quote
Awesome Life Tip Quote

When one takes that step back, they can realign the creative vision, see the entire picture, make critical adjustments, and find even more inspiration and creativity. They become not only more productive, but more powerful. Ever wonder why those who have “it” almost never seem to stop? This is why. They don’t “break” just to go back and keep banging their head off of the same ole dusty wall. The work IS important, IF the WORK is important. If you feel that what you are doing is purposeful, you will be that much more involved in the creation and doing process of that work.

For those who don’t necessarily enjoy the things they do daily, our breaks from work are spent bitching about work, getting “other things” done(the whole running of errands that people speak of), and really, really wishing we didn’t have to go back to work.  Because of this, we are less interested in our work which leads to us being less productive.

A break should rejuvenate and empower us to do better with our creative work. Our inspired work. Our light-bringing work. Our work that changes the world around us. However, if one is not motivated by their “work,” why are they doing that work?  This must be considered. Wasting time is one of the cardinal sins of the untrained human body, the cause of stress and anxiety of the mind. Stress is not stillness, and stillness is needed for inspiration and creativity, the cycle of “creation.” Creation is knowing, knowing comes from within.

If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit-Quote
Learn to Rest Quote

A break is really just the end of a cycle.  Everything has cycles. This is the natural way.  Of course, some cycles are man made, but even those cycles are built on and around the cycles of nature.  We see this in every sporting event, the cycles of nature, changing oils and fluids in our vehicles, collecting paychecks, etc. Cycles are everywhere, but learning those cycles is what’s crucial, instead of just existing in them. Controlling the cycle is what’s desirable. One can relax once the cycle is understood. One can be refreshed with timely breaks. One can be recharged with every cycle.

In life, one should also consider the various cycles that one participates in.  To be able to capitalize on the breaks and make adjustments in a timely and efficient manner to give the individual the best chance of success every time moving forward is key. Don’t just relax, refresh and recharge just because. Do it with purpose.

2 thoughts on “Relax, Refresh, Recharge?

  1. This is spot on! When I am working on my own creative projects, I need a break from time to time, so I can come back with even more inspiration. Meanwhile, a break from the day job is for sanity, ha. Very well said!

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    1. I try to tell people, get a day job that isn’t so rough on the mental, and that way we have more energy for our creative energy flow. I always thought it was interesting how the breaks were different, but the key to efficiency is understanding the process!!

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