Thoughts can become “cluttered,” jumbled or even irrational and disconnected, resulting in a tendency to ‘react’ to our surroundings with reflexive responses. Lots of static here, and it’s created by all kinds of experiences that challenge your abilities and/or status quo.
Conversations, thinking and decisions are more thoughtful and responsive (more outward). I often stopped right here, especially when I only had an hour to relax!
Resisting all sense of obligation is critical: do what you want, when you want to do it, and only allow for action when it feels right. Allow “whatever needs to be, to be.”
In an ideal world, having longer breaks is best to reach the “idling” phase. This is where you renew. Thoughts and conversations continue to be responsive, but can also be contemplative and inward. Ultimately, the ideal result of this phase is renewal – rejuvenating and cultivating your soul, something that can be done by relaxing, but the results are often more lasting when you experience the idling.
Out of the stillness comes insights and glimpses of brilliance. This is the true “soil” of your life, and where you cultivate inner strength. It’s worth visiting this place regularly.
Thoughts and conversations have the greatest potential to be productive and contribute to others and/or the environment around us.