Gentle Fall Transition: Day nine – Let things be unfinished

Unknown-1Let things be unfinished.  Stop folding the laundry and go to bed.  Leave the dishes and take a walk with a friend.

One of the central tenets of the Japanese art of Wabi Sabi is that nothing is ever finished.    Think about this idea for a second or two….Isn’t that freeing?  It is a great act of kindness toward yourself, and to those you care about, to take a break to be mindful.  Leave it unfinished – walk away and return refreshed.

Try this:  This week leave something half-done.  Take school work, for instance.   Yes, you read that right.  It’s only school work.   Trust me – I work as a psychotherapist in Harvard Square where stress and burn-out are an epidemic.   It’s just homework.  Take a break.  Leave the homework undone for now.  Rest.  Move your body.  Laugh.  The irony is that you will get more done if you take a self-care break and let things be unfinished.  This post is now finished….. or is it?

Yoga flow of the day:  Moon salutation.  Salute the harvest moon and stretch your body in several directions with this version of Chandra Namasakar:

 

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