Exhausted, lazy, tired, tired, tired.

Exhausted, lazy, tired, tired, tired.

ex·haust·ed

/igˈzôstid/

Adjective
Drained of one’s physical or mental resources; very tired.
(of resources or reserves) Completely used up.

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I didn’t know this would take so much out of me. But this is the third day I feel exhausted, lazy, tired, tired, tired. One more day of rest for myself. A few more hours of grounding. A little time for me. Then, you’ll find me back on the writing horse, I’ll I write about the last week and half with the unschoolers, our fantastic trip to the jungle, a trek through the mountains to a natural hot springs, a quick excursion to Machu Picchu and a bit of hanging out in Cusco.

Coming up soon, but first, I leave you with this poem, dedicated to ME!

 

A Blessing for One Who is Exhausted

by John O’Donohue

When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
Then all the unattended stress falls in
On the mind like an endless, increasing weight,

The light in the mind becomes dim.
Things you could take in your stride before
Now become laborsome events of will.

Weariness invades your spirit.
Gravity begins falling inside you,
Dragging down every bone.

The tide you never valued has gone out.
And you are marooned on unsure ground.
Something within you has closed down;
And you cannot push yourself back to life.

You have been forced to enter empty time.
The desire that drove you has relinquished.
There is nothing else to do now but rest
And patiently learn to receive the self
You have forsaken for the race of days.

At first your thinking will darken
And sadness take over like listless weather.
The flow of unwept tears will frighten you.

You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.

Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
Who feels they have all the time in the world.

Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.

2 Comments

  1. Gabriel 2 years ago

    If you are currently in an area where coconuts are accessible go get yourself some coconut water! It’s full of electrolytes and will do wonders for your body =)

  2. Debra 2 years ago

    Lainie, thanks for the beautiful poem, but mostly, thank you for sharing so much of yourself with our dear ones. I am glad that you can take the time now to rest and recuperate. You deserve it. <3

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