• Dr Jodie Bradnam

Rest and Soar

“You need to make the time to slow down”, she said. Two years ago I walked away from this conversation feeling angry and misunderstood. How could I possibly fit in anything else, especially slowing down?

The truth of this conversation hit me hard. I knew she was right and I knew that I was unwilling to do anything but to push on and work harder. It was a tough lesson with more to follow. Eventually I came to trust that taking time to rest was progress too.

I was reading Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth on the weekend and this lesson emerged again. This time I heard the lesson differently. “How can you say you have no time?” Eckhart writes, “when all we have is time”. With a busy week in full flight, this seemed like an opportunity to embrace and share his wisdom.

Take thirty seconds each time you get into your car and 30 seconds before you get out of your car. Who doesn’t have 30 seconds? Use these small windows to transition between the different spaces and relationships in your life - from home to work, from work to home. Use the time to pause, breathe and return to centre, then set an intention for what comes next. This simple exercise helps us to anchor ourselves throughout the day so that we move through spaces in our lives more mindfully, more present and aware. I’m still learning to put this strategy into practice, but when I do my day flows, I’m kinder with others and with myself.