My husband and I went on a weekend retreat at a Bed and Breakfast in the country. It was a cozy, beautiful facility with great food, a massage and other activities that I could choose to do if I liked.
A single woman showed up late the first evening, looking quite harried and stressed. She had gotten a late start and drove through the rain. As the weekend progressed, she began to unwind and get so relaxed that she did not know how to deal with her state of mind. She had never taken a full weekend to be pampered while letting go of her responsibilities of being a single mom and full time employee. It was as if her mind shut down. Physically she felt relief from a chronic medical condition.
It was a pleasure to watch her smile, taking her time and really enjoy the easy, quite pace. If we don’t take breaks in our week for relaxation, then our well-being is compromised.
In our busy world of autopilot, we need to learn and experience what it really feels like to relax.
What does relaxation feel like to you? Let me know in the comments below.