Friday, February 6, 2015

Life Renewal: Make the Most of Your Weekends

Life Renewal
photo by Margaret Kunzler

As discussed in my last blog, I strongly recommend the life practice of taking a sabbath day weekly if possible. Taking a full day (or as much of the day as you can) away not only from work, but from all productive, goal-oriented activity, is a wonderful gift to give to yourself.

Even if the demands and structure of your life make it impossible to take a sabbath day, the weekend can still be very restorative. Here are a few keys to keep in mind:

*If possible, take the weekend off from work. A complete break is a powerful alternation that will help you to be fresh on Monday morning. If your situation dictates that you do some work on a weekend, confine that work to one day and take the other day totally off.

* Let yourself sleep and rest as much as you need to.

* Don’t jam the weekend with scheduled activities. Have as much unscheduled time as possible.

* Spend as much time as you can doing things that nurture you, whether it’s being in nature, relaxed time with loved ones, listening to music, etc.

The main key is to honor your needs.  Listen to your heart and to your body.  Particularly if you’ve had a demanding workweek, give yourself a break.  Shift out of the power-through, doing mode into a more gentle compassionate way of being with yourself.  Using the weekends wisely can make a a major difference in your overall health and wellness.

 Andrew Oser has been offering spiritual life coaching, along with guided retreats on Mount Shasta since 1982.   Through hikes to little-known sacred sites, guided meditations, spiritual life coaching, and time drinking in the silence of the mountain, he helps clients to deeply renew themselves in body, mind, and spirit and receive clear vision for their lives.  For more info, please see

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