Today, having a lot on our plate, Colleen and I offered to do a business call on Saturday with a respected Gaiam employee. He said something like, “No way, I won’t interrupt your family time during the weekend.” I got off the phone thinking how smart and respectful this man is.
With so many obligations, and so many ways to communicate, there is definitely a need to shut down certain hours of the day, or even one entire day of the week. Otherwise, every minute of the day is spoken for.
In my early days of teaching yoga, I always had Wednesday afternoons all to myself. I would spontaneously wander around Berkeley, California. Twenty-five years later I wonder where that loved spontaneity and wandering went. I realize that these are still some of my favorite times, when Colleen and I are aimlessly meandering through the streets of any city.
We must continue to schedule unscheduled time in order to feel human. When we unplug a little bit every day, our internal rhythms can be heard and followed. Our attention can flow with our immediate surroundings and a natural balance can settle upon us.