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Productivity and pain - sad robot

I hate to break it to you, but you aren’t a robot. Me neither. – CLICK TO TWEET

I know it’s hard, I struggled too when I first realised. It wasn’t just the realisation but what it meant…

You see, robots don’t need a lot of sleep, in fact, the more they work, the more they can keep on working, they don’t get less effective without rest.

Robots don’t need to go gently, they just power through, they are productivity machines and things like pain, grief, struggle, down days and rainy weather don’t affect them.

I mean, being a robot sounds pretty cool when you look at it like that. You get to do what you want all day and all night with no need to stop, you are productive and useful, you contribute endlessly – I’m a little envious of robots right now.

I think maybe we all secretly want to be robots on some level, or at least we want to have robot-level results.

The question is, are we willing to make the sacrifice that is required when humans live robotic lives?

Productivity, hustling and making a difference are big focusses for many in the online world. The internet is almost limitless, and in it’s boundary-less-ness we are never enough. We could always have more, more likes, more sales, more than we have, which means we need to work more.

We have an idea of the heart being like a machine;

it never rests, 

it is the hardest working muscle, 

your heart is working even when you sleep…

But our hearts beat, and pause, they rest and work. There has to be a space between the beats for them to be beats at all, otherwise it would just be a continuous noise? Where are the spaces of pause in your life?

So why the focus on the heart’s work? Some teachers believe that, as the heart was being studied and explained to the populace at the same time as the industrial revolution, the heart was explained in terms of industry and productivity, it became the symbol of progress through unrelenting work.

We are evolving and we make up society, which is evolving all the time. So what archetypes are we creating?

I respect the hustle, but work is a good servant and a bad master.

When we are living with illness and pain, we need to ask ourselves if we can justify treating our bodies this way?

Why are we pushing? 

Where are we heading? 

How can we exhale into compassion even only for a moment?  

Robots never rest, but they do break (illness), they become obsolete (ageing), they are defunct (death) – is this what we want to be part of? – CLICK TO TWEET

Humans are cyclical, we are part of nature. The more we recognise these cycles, the more we can liberate ourselves from the guilt of not being productive enough. As humans, we have our own personal energy cycles; how we feel during days, nights, times of year, hormonal cycles, stressful or joyful periods and stages of life.

We can have times of energy and times of needing more rest. Maybe we are more energetic in the mornings, or more tired when bringing up small children.

Why do we hold ourselves apart from all the natural cycles. Listen – our iPhone’s don’t invalidate our biology, we are still mammals.

Look at the seasons, look at the animals, look at the earth – how do they spend their time?

“Say, Pooh, why aren’t you busy?” I said.

“Because it’s a nice day,” said Pooh.

“Yes, bu—”

“Why ruin it?” he said.

“But you could be doing something Important,” I said.

“I am,” said Pooh.

“Oh? Doing what?”

“Listening,” he said.

“Listening to what?”

“To the birds. And that squirrel over there.”

“What are they saying?” I asked.

“That it’s a nice day,” said Pooh.

“But you know that already,” I said.

“Yes, but it’s always good to hear that somebody else thinks so, too,” he replied.

“Well, you could be spending your time getting Educated by listening to the Radio, instead,” I said.

“That thing?”

“Certainly.  How else will you know what’s going on in the world?” I said.

“By going outside,” said Pooh.

– From Simple & SMART Living Tips From The Tao Of Pooh

 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments – are you busy? If you were a robot, what robot would you be?

Read more on enoughness here:

Let’s Talk About Self-Worth

Aspiration Is Not All There Is

A Restful Prayer for Your Week

Death Driven and Relaxing Into Mortality

Words on work and illness:

Working When Ill: How to Get Things Done

On Creating a Resilient Small Business

Releasing Perfection in Healing

 

Photo credit: https://www.etsy.com/listing/39593219/brokenheart-the-sad-plush-robot

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Forest Sunbathing - morning routine

My favourite articles in magazines are always peoples’ morning routines.

I love reading about the wonderful ways people begin their days.

My other favourites include: what’s in my bag, a day in the life (see my Day in the Life in Get Fresh! Magazine here), my favourite outfit, my plate morning, noon and night (see my daily meals and recipes over at Naturally Lauren here) and my favourite things articles.

And so when my dear friend Gala Darling wrote about her morning routine, I couldn’t resist sharing mine too.

As for the other articles, watch this space: there’ll be a ‘what’s in my bag’ blog coming soon. My bag is gorgeous by the way, vintage vegan Matt and Nat. Yum.

My morning routine has shifted towards simplicity over the last few years.

Remember that I said I used to love reading everyone else’s routines? I also used to love trying out all the techniques and ideas for myself. At one time I had about 18 different things in my morning routine and by the time I’d finished I was ready to go back to bed for a nap!

Green smoothies for morning routine

Eventually I realised that getting up at 5am and trying to cram in:

– Affirmation CD listening

– Altar time

– Chemical free vegan makeup applications

– Deep breathing pranayama practice

– Dry brushing

– Flax seed tea drinking

– Green juice making

– Green smoothie enjoying

– Hair styling

– Lymph massage

– Medicine

– Mantra reciting

– Mala bead prayers

– Morning pages

– Manifesting dreams intention setting

– Neti pot using

– Oracle card pulling

– Oil pulling

– Prayer

– Qi gong practice

– Reading inspiring spiritual books

– Subliminal CD using

– Seated meditation

– Superfood smoothie swallowing

– Supplement taking

– Showering

– Teeth cleaning

– Teeth flossing

– Tongue scraping

– Vision board sessions

– Warm water and lemon drinking

– Writing in my gratitude journal

– Yoga session

was not very sensible or sustainable… so instead I decided to approach my morning routine from a different route.

Grace and horse EFP for morning routine

Now my morning routine varies according to my needs. CLICK TO TWEET

It’s different on days when I am in a pain flare, in summer or winter it differs and fits my needs and those of my environment. But that’s not to say I’m always doing new things – I am a creature of habit – I just do the same things to different degrees and in different ways.

Journals as part of morning routine

Check out my morning routine:

High energy routine – Time outside, movement, awareness, expression, body fuel

Low energy routine – Movement, awareness, expression, outside, body fuel

Bad weather routine – Movement, awareness, expression, garden/feed birds/weeding, body fuel

* BODY FUEL

avocado topped gluten free toast on cherry patterned plate for morning routine

Drinking hot water with lemon

Drinking a green juice

Drinking a green smoothie

* EXPRESSION

Stack of notebooks with coloured pens on top for morning routine journalling

e.g Morning Pages from Artist’s Way (Julia Cameron)

Writing a thank you note

Writing out the top three priorities for the day

* MOVEMENT

Yoga in the park for morning routine

e.g Dancing to one song

5 Rhythms

Qi gong practice

* AWARENESS

Tai Chi leaflet for morning routine awareness

e.g Journalling

Practicing walking meditation

Practicing silent meditation

 

If you’d like to learn about the Rituals I practice to set myself up for a magical day, get yourself a copy of Gala’s gorgeous Radical Self Love Almanac 2015, and read my piece on making a magic day here.

Want more support on creating your own routine that matches your mood? Check out my interview with the amazing Magificent Mornings creatrix Claudia Olivie on altering your morning routines for life!

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Trailblazing Interview: Heather Plett on holding space

How do you handle illness?

Is it something that makes you want to run away? Or something you live with everyday? For those of us who live with chronic illness or pain it can be an unforgiving struggle, an uncomfortable companion, and a deeply felt experience.

Heather Plett’s work on holding space went viral in 2015, and for good reason. CLICK TO TWEET.

Heather Plett is a teacher, writer, coach, and facilitator who helps people make deeper connections with themselves, others, the sacred, and the Earth. She gathers people in circles both online and off to share stories, ask questions, make art, and build community. She is a practitioner of The Circle Way and The Art of Hosting, and she teaches courses such as Mandala Discovery and Creative Writing for Self-Discovery.

In this interview we talk about:
– Handling the desire to fix others or be fixed, feeling broken and how to manage that.
– Holding space for pain and illness and using this practice to live well, no matter the challenges.
– Dealing with being ‘inspiring’ when living with disability.
– One thing to do today, to begin compassionately holding space for yourself.

Download the transcript here.

Check out more Trailblazer interviews.

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