This summer, I decided, after a rather hectic winter and spring, to take a long break and spend lots of time doing absolutely nothing. And so I did. It is so easy to tell others to take time off, meditate and relax. But quite often I forget to do so myself.
Therefore, this summer, I am glad to say I did.
And it is in the nothingness that Splendid shows up, that Meaningfulness pays a visit and that Anwers appear – seemingly from nowhere. But to tell you the truth, they all live inside of you. But with the meaningless chatter that goes on in our heads all day long, we seldom hear what they have to say.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again: invest in yourself, invest in time doing nothing. Not only does it clear your head and provides you with vital rest, but also it gives you an opportunity to hear all those wonderful tones of your inner wisdom, your true core you and your angels singing in beautiful harmonies.
Not only was I inspired by myself and my inner world. But it also cleared space so that I could hear what other people had to say. It created space for new people to come into my life and to receive their wisdom. Not only by words but by actions, music, energies and by simply letting them be around me and showing me new ways of the world.
I spent many hours going for walks with friends, talking about the meaning of life. I spent time in solitude. I spent several hours letting nature show me its beauty – in the deep Åmål forest, in the hills of France, the beaches of Spain and in the Stockholm archipelago.
I indulged in water (oh how I love water) to drink or to swim in. I let the salty ocean or silky lake water surround my body. I swam under the surface and felt the pressure in my ears and the sensation it gave me. I sat down with my children and heard what they had to say (sometimes it was just nonsense – but I had time for silliness). I sensed others.
I let it all happen to me.
I was inspired and I learnt new things. I learnt by being truly present and aware, by letting new into my life and by not being stuck in my old ways.
One of the most valuable insights I had is how much I need other people. Not that I didn’t already know this. But sometimes we open up and let old-new teachings sink in and ground themselves deeper and more profoundly than before, because we are ready for it. I learnt that Alone is not Strong.
I have always been proud of being an independent woman – and I still am. But depending on other people doesn’t have to contradict that. We need both. I need both. I need time alone; I need to take care of myself. But I also need you. And more importantly – I need to need you. When I surrender to that emotion and stop being afraid of needing others I feel
I hope your summer (or winter) was as rewarding as mine! Now I am ready for all the new insights and learnings that lay ahead. I know they will come.