Dear Busy World, No.

 Dear Obligations, Distractions, and the Like,
I am answering your call, your tug, your noise with a quiet and resounding no. I am learning the power of stillness and the permission to give myself quiet. I am going to get to work 10 minutes early so I have quiet in my classroom before the onset of the inevitable and ever changing demands of my students, colleagues, and meetings. I’m meditating on my way to work instead of listening to the news, so I can enter my day relaxed with a clear head. I’m going to yoga to reset a mind that continuously reminds me of the million things I need to be doing. I’m going to yoga to release the electric buzz of anxiety racking my muscles. I’m going to bed earlier to rest in the embrace of my blankets and husband’s arms. Busy world, you’ll always be a nagging companion, so I’m learning to say no. I’m learning the power of stillness and the permission to give myself quiet, so that I’m ready to face you day in and day out with energy, peace, and clarity instead of a with exhaustion, anxiety, and confusion.
Sincerely,
A woman on her journey to purposeful peacefulness.

Sincerely,

Rachel Okun

 

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