Are You Making Time To Rest And Play?
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I recently did a 21-day guided meditation, and on day 17, the message was about taking time out for ourselves. The mantra was: “Through rest and play, I open my creative channel.”

Meditation doesn’t come easy for me, but a funny thing happened during this one. I was able to really relax and let my mind go…because I actually do know how to rest. And I know how to play. And most of the time, I feel guilty for it. So to hear it from that point of view made me realize not only is it OK to take care of myself in that way, it’s absolutely necessary.

For most of us, we put a million things before we do anything for ourselves. Kids, jobs, bills, you name it. We all have a to-do list that is endless and totally out of reach.

I don’t have kids, but I have a to-do list, dreams I need to be dreaming harder, yoga classes I should be going to more often. I’ve been really tough on myself most of my life — I’ve even been told my regimen is totally “rigid” by a professional.

During my meditation I realized that not only have I lost a lot of that total obsessive-compulsive rigidity, but I’ve actually learned to allow myself to “rest and play.”

So I suppose my guilt for enjoying life a little these days and realizing the things I thought I was supposed to have at this point in my life (husband, kids, a house…) may or may not be in my future, I still deserve one thing: JOY.

I can’t feel guilty for being able to feel joy. Life is way too short for that.

I’m not going to get mad at myself anymore for not being rigid. I might not have all the things my friends have — my list is probably a bit shorter. But I’m ok with that, and I’m going to stop beating myself up for resting and playing.

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About the Author

Rebecca is yoga teacher based in Los Angeles, having completed her 200-hour training through YogaWorks. A graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Rebecca is a television producer when she's off the mat. Her career has taken her from the White House to the Cannes Film Festival, as well as Costa Rica, Hawaii, and New York. Growing up in New England as a competitive figure skater, Rebecca has used her yoga practice to quiet the ego and calm the breath. She loves music almost as much as she loves yoga, and finds herself at concert venues all over LA throughout the year. Rebecca has lived in Southern California for 10 years and currently resides in Santa Monica. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @SeedYoga, or check out her website