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Friday, July 22, 2011

The Creative Oasis™ Permission to Pause Manifesto – Part One

We interrupt your regularly scheduled hectic, hurried life to bring you an important message vital to the well­–being of your mind, body and spirit!

The Creative Oasis™ Permission to Pause Manifesto!
Full Disclosure:  This manifesto brought to you by a blatantly blissed-out, radically relaxed creative type. (That would be me, Jill Allison Bryan, singer, songwriter and creativity coach.)

Though, I’ll admit, not my typical day-to-day state-of-mind, immersion in the bliss-inducing nirvana that is Ten Thousand Waves (Santa Fe, NM) followed by a creative retreat in Taos (where daily napping is encouraged) has helped deliver me into my current state of repose and epiphany.  

Even before heading west, I’d been receiving not-so-subtle messages from the universe supporting this basic premise: 

“Taking time to do nothing 
is really something worth doing.” 
(Stick with me on this.)

Universe:  “Yo…Jill…it would be a fine idea for you (and your clients and your friends and your family and pretty much everyone on the planet) to stop attempting to constantly fill every waking moment with taking in something of some kind (food, drink, ideas, stuff, words, sounds, conversation, thoughts, media – social or otherwise) and/or putting something out.” (See above list…add more to each list as you see fit.)

Me: "Hmmm…interesting thought…but I really don’t have time to just sit around and think about that…so…"

Lo and behold, my travels through New Mexico have presented numerous opportunities to do just that, not to mention several serendipitous affirmations that confirm the universe may be on to something with all of this doing nothing stuff.

Ten Thousand Waves
First stop, Ten Thousand Waves Japanese­–style spa and lodging where the peaceful Zen-like vibe begins seeping into your being the moment you step foot on the grounds. When my husband and I arrived after two days of driving, although road weary, when I learned our room wouldn’t be ready for another hour or two, I immediately kicked into the “we need to do something!” mentality. “I guess we can drive back into town and check out gallery or two,” I said…feeling exhausted even just saying the words.

The lovely, laid-back woman checking us in tried her best to veil a look of horror/confusion as to why in the hell we would want to do that. She then politely suggested that another option might be to head up to the spa, trade in our clothes for kimonos and chill out in the relaxation room, communal bath area or near the koi pond. As she relayed our options I felt myself nodding and a smile slowly spreading across my face. “Yes…yes…I want to go to there,” as Liz Lemon would say.

After almost an hour of lying on comfy mats, listening to soothing music through headphones, meditating, and cat-napping I fell in mad love with the relaxation room and found myself wondering…why doesn’t everyplace have a relaxation room…a serenity lounge…a resting place?

Once settled into our lovely little cottage (Japanese-meets Santa Fe style casita) we headed back up to the spa for time in a private lagoon type hot-tub area and massages. Since we had a full half hour between these two spa activities, we actually contemplated bringing books with us. What the….?!?!?! (This need to do something all the time is insidious, I tell you!)

Thankfully, what happened naturally and wonderfully instead was after our private hot-tub, cold-plunge, and sauna time…we did what intelligent, well-adjusted healthy people would do…we sat in front of the koi pond and stared at it in a state of vegged-out euphoria until we were called for our massages.

Slowly making my way up the path to a private massage room, I couldn’t imagine it would be possible for me to feel any more tranquil than I already did. I told the therapist, “I don’t think I’ve ever gone into a massage feeling this relaxed already, so this should be interesting.”

Stairway to Heaven aka the Spa
Understatement. This is when I began to experience the pure “blissed–out” feeling that I will forever associate with Ten Thousand Waves (or Heaven on Earth, as I now like to call it.) As my husband and I floated back down to our place (I honestly don’t think our feet touched the ground) we both felt the amazing full-body/mind/spirit buzz that utter relaxation can bring…and it was good. And…it was only the beginning.

Tune in next time for Part Two of The Creative Oasis™ Permission to Pause Manifesto where we’ll find the universe fairly clubbing me over the head with signs and serendipitous events supporting the  notion that giving myself (and others) permission to pause is a worthy cause and perhaps my latest obsession. (in a good way)

The view waking from a nap on the futon
Until next time...all the best from my Creative Oasis to yours,


Laura said...

I love the beauty of your place of pause...mine is my bedroom with an air conditioner (this is good) with a lovely view of green leaves and golden light through my window (also very good) an annoying catheter in my arm (uncomfortable but good too because it allows me to receive the medicine I need)...still, your place of repose looks a lot more fun. We have what we have, we are where we are...and there is always something to be grateful for.

Unknown said...

I'm always in awe of the way you can turn your pauses (whether planned, desired, or foisted upon you) into a thing of beauty with your thoughts, words and images. Thank you for sharing the beautiful way you experience sacred pause with us all. In love and light,

Anonymous said...

Jill, thank you for reminding me that it is perfectly okay and should be required to do absolutely nothing. It is the nothing that our creativity wells up from deep within us and flows out to the universe and back again. Blessings and XOs from a raving fan and a fellow writer :D

Unknown said...

Thanks, Jenna! Always good to hear from a fellow writer - especially you. :)

Three Yellow Feathers said...

Oh my goodness, Jill. This sounds divine. I can't wait to read Part 2. Until then, I am going to give myself permission to pause and pause and pause....... In love and light..... how lovely.

duke said...

Thanks for your nice words about Ten Thousand Waves. We try to trick people into doing nothing by removing all visible clocks and keeping them captive as long as they let us.

When they stay longer than 3 hours, it's obvious just by looking at them that we've gotten through.

Unknown said...

Thanks Three Yellow Feathers! I look forward to following your blog soon! And to Duke of Ten Thousand Waves - you all do your job of creating the timeless space for people to relax exceedingly well! Have two friends with you this weekend and am doing my utmost to not covet. :)