How to Restore Energy for Life
A lot of people come to me and ask, "How do I restore my excitement, my passion, my energy for life? I'm feeling so uninspired and listless." My answer more often than not is that in our culture, we, sort of, really focus on achievement and excitement and being up and getting things done; we don't focus much on the complement of that, which is rest. Very, very often if you don't know what way you're supposed to go in your life, what you're really supposed to do is rest for a while. It's that simple—every animal knows it.
I was just, uh, recently in Africa. And I watched some lions come back from hunting. And they, sort of, threw themselves on the ground. And they rolled over on their backs, and they started purring so loudly that it was like tractor engines. And my friend who was with me looked at me and he said, "You know what? Lions rest like they mean it." And I thought, You know, we don't rest like we mean it. We don't just let ourselves totally relax and let go of all need to achieve during the period of relaxation—we never turn off the lights.
So what I found with myself and my clients is if I ask them, "How old do you feel?" and they say they feel older than their actual chronological age, they almost always just need a period of physical rest, and also psychological rest. So, if you're feeling uninspired, stop trying to do anything. Do nothing for a while. Roll over on your back and purr, until you feel like getting up again. Don't worry—rest restores. And as you rest, as you come to the end of the resting period, you'll feel a surge of energy.
So I like to say that life is a balanced, sort of, interplay between rest and play. Play is when we reach outward for power through activity, and rest is when we reach inward for power through peace. Both are powerful actions, and they're both necessary, but we ignore peace and rest to our detriment.
- 「往往、多半、通常」- More Often Than Not
My answer more often than not is that in our culture, we, sort of, really focus on achievement and excitement and being up and getting things done...
- 「放開、鬆手」- Let Go
We don't just let ourselves totally relax and let go of all need to achieve during the period of relaxation—we never turn off the lights.