I don’t think we get enough opportunities to just sit and do nothing in our culture, especially in a big city like Chicago.
I try to exercise as much as I can, but truth be told, I HATE the Chicago winter and I DESPISE having sore muscles. So exercise doesn’t happen as often as it “should”, I suppose. For me, health is more about how I feel in my body and in my mind, and not so much about the way I look or how much I weigh, or my body mass index, or… you get the point.
What I need to feel good may sound odd, but it includes plenty of time to sit, look out the window, and think in silence. . Down time is absolutely essential for my mind and body to function in healthy ways. And I try to get at least 20 minutes of it every day. It’s amazing to me how my problems seem to work themselves out when I can just shut up for a while and observe, without expectations, without influencing things to look like I think they should, allowing them to unfold as they are.
As a person with a good number of professional and personal responsibilities, I find that the peace and humility that come out of quiet down time help me make good decisions about work, my life and my loved ones. When I feel at home in my mind, I find my body sort of takes care of itself. I automatically feel at home in my own skin when I make a conscious effort to rest my mind.
-- Kert Hubin
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