Our attention is habitually drawn to problems. However, we can train ourselves to notice rest and relaxation hiding within our regular routine. Setting aside some time to get more acquainted with what rest feels like in the body can support this exploration.
In weight resistance training, we increase the challenge to a muscle group in order to strengthen it. We expect it to feel uncomfortable. It’s not unusual to work to the point of fatigue or exhaustion. We accept these challenges as natural based on our current understanding of basic physiology.
By default, most of us have developed a stunning and sophisticated repertoire for blocking out the world around us. We allocate the bulk of our attention inwardly toward the stories playing out in our minds.
Paradoxically, the more familiar we become with the flow of our thoughts and feelings, the more directly and completely we experience the objective world around us.