This is Blossom.
At the point this image was captured, she’d been chillaxin’ like this for almost 30 minutes. She is a masterful chillaxer.
I’ve learned a lot from my two wonderdogs about chillaxin’. That’s not what this post is about though.
It’s about releasing guilt for the ultimate chillaxin’ experience.
Chillaxin’ is a term that’s new to me. One of the kids in my life introduced me to it. She explained that it requires more commitment than simply RElaxing. Chillaxin’ is a conscious choice to be and do nothing for a finite amount of time.
In this do-more-be-more-get-more world, chillaxin’ can often be frowned upon by those not of the chillaxin’ mindset. So how can we embrace the benefits of chillaxin’ without guilt? Here’s what I try to remember:
1. It’s necessary. Even hummingbirds stop once in a while. Sure, doing-being-getting is part of life. So is recharging.
2. It’s finite. There’s a time a place for everything. When I choose to chillax I do so with the understanding that at some point, I will finish the laundry. Now is not the laundry’s time.
3. It’s productive. After a successful session of chillaxin’ I feel like I can face anything. And sometimes I do.
4. It’s universal. Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. Everyone chillaxes at some point – even if they don’t call it chillaxin’ – especially those people who frown on chillaxin’.
5. It’s healing. Our bodies are wise – often wiser than our reasoning skills. Driving a car with your feet on both the gas AND the break is dangerous. Doing the same thing with your body is, too. HE-UHL!
6. It’s convenient. Chillaxin’ is NOT just for vacations. You can do it in the comfort of your home or yard. Just do it.
How do you chillax?