Many years ago, I began working with visionary, generous, hard-working innovative women and men seeking to restore and heal the world. One of the first observations I made was that many of these leaders are not very good at restoring themselves. In that way, they were not good role models of restorative living.
American society tends to idolize busyness, which can often lead to wastefulness and wasted lives.
Many of us are giving too much and ignoring the need to restore ourselves.
If society is to advance, and create a new story of prosperity that includes better standards of living around the world, we must bring restorative practices into our workplaces, communities, our lifestyles, and our elder years.
Restoration is different than relaxation. While we age, we need to relax, but we also need to restore.
Restoration of ecosystems, our workplaces and our lives requires that we look at the power of dormancy, interconnection, resilience and wildness. As we age, we can better understand all of these needs.
One of the ways we can be role models is to take regularly practice restorative pauses.
How do you lead others by the example of your life? Do you add restorative pauses to your day to manage your energy and keep you vital?
Here are a few easy restorative pauses that I recommend to my clients that you might find useful.
Of course, I also hope that you will be a part of reforesting the earth, and take part in regenerative agriculture. If you have a yard, you can plant trees and grow organic gardens to save pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. You can also help others do these thing.s