It’s Monday morning and normally at this time of the week I’d be about as far from a relaxed Friday night feeling as humanly possible. Today, however, I’m trying something new, and it seems to be working.
I read a magazine article this weekend about relaxing – specifically, taking time twice a day to just do nothing. I realize this might not seem like the most revolutionary of ideas, after all the benefits of mindfulness and meditation have been repeatedly touted in every half-serious publication for the past couple of years. And yet, this article was different – it made me actually want to try this, rather than just fondly daydream about how nice it would be to constantly be a completely humble, present, sage and calm, yogi-like figure the way I usually do.
When I tried to put my finger on exactly what it was about this article that made it different, I realized this article managed to make it seem really easy to just relax and check out for a while every day. It basically detailed this one woman’s routine of taking half an hour every morning to just sit and drink coffee quietly, and another half an hour every afternoon to lay on the couch. No pressure. The whole thing was less “sit on a yoga block and clear your mind completely” (who on earth can do that?!) and more “in the morning, make a cup of coffee and drink it very slowly while not doing anything else at the same time”. And even I can lay still on the couch for half an hour!
So that’s exactly what I did this morning – I made a cup of coffee and lit some candles and then I sat on the couch drinking coffee and looking at the candles for half an hour. And it was… really nice. I’m certainly not saying it immediately transformed me into the previously mentioned sage yogi figure, but then I guess that’s the point. It was just nice.