In one of my recent yoga classes, the subject of relaxation came up. My instructor, Natalia, pointed out that in Western culture, we don't place enough value on rest and relaxation, focusing instead on working as many hours and making as many dollars as possible. The result is that we are overworked, poorly rested, and unable to unplug from our phones, our jobs, and the daily grind. The unfortunate ramification of this stressful lifestyle? It becomes necessary to practice mindful relaxation.
Think about that for a second. We have to practice relaxation. We have to train ourselves to clear our minds. For some of us, returning to our yoga mats makes it possible, but it doesn't really matter how you relax, just as long as you find a way. It could be in a chair at the beach with your legs stretched out in the sand, on a couch with a great book, on top of a mountain covered in sweat; if your head is clear, your heart and soul are rejuvenating and your creativity has room to breathe.
Relaxation is essential to the creation of art. Restoration of the body makes room in the mind for creativity. I'm constantly seeking ways to relax, to restore, to rejuvenate. What are some of your tried and true methods?