This is a Power-Down routine for those who are looking for new ways to manage stress, those who hate taking breaks, those who feel like they don’t have the time, or for those who find meditation intimidating to jump into all at once. I personally err on the side of being a workaholic, and have lived by the motto IF I DON’T DO IT NOBODY WILL as long as I can remember. I notice this to be a very common trend among IBPOC women/nonbinary people.
My introduction to constructive rest was in a dance class in high school; it was so foreign to my body to relax that it came as a real shock and I experienced adverse effects the first few times. This is something I have also witnessed in people who are new to meditation- a flood of emotions that can manifest as uncontrollable laughter, crying, etc.
I wanted to make a less intimidating introduction to constructive rest that one can do at home or even at the work desk, provided you can set aside 5 uninterrupted minutes. I will talk us through and time 5 minutes, with gentle suggestions for our bodies to relax starting from feet up.
We will also go over some suggestions of how to “power back up”, thanks to questions from the student! This can be a great way for us who have difficulty sleeping to “power down” enough for sleep.
May not be suitable for those that have chronic physical pain, as I have heard from friends that deal with chronic pain that it generally can result in adverse effects to focus too deeply on the body in meditation. -NYV0123C