It seemingly is a hectic world. You try to work hard and take care of your bills and obligations. You may be one of those people who can focus on a task so hard, be it at home or at work that you forget about eating or sleeping. You may be one of those people whom others rely upon and trust that you will deliver what you promise.

The challenge many of us run into is to remember to take some time off and connect with ourselves and the Divine. It is necessary for us to sit back and re-connect to our source of energy and clarity. We may take classes, do exciting projects, take care of our family, and do many good activities and have a full schedule. When we are not in the moment and are not connected with ourselves and the Divine, our good deeds and efforts turn into a “good” addiction which no longer is fun and joyful.

In the context of Tending to Your Garden Within, it is not healthy that we plow our fields constantly with our tractors. Sometimes we need to shut down the tractor and walk aimlessly in the fields or dance to the song of nature without any specific goals in mind.

How would you know when you need to take some time off? The indicators vary from individual to individual. For some, it is when they feel tired or exhausted no matter what they do. For some, it is when other people’s behaviors or actions become unusually upsetting. For some, it is when their mind is too preoccupied. For some, it is when they judge self or others harshly. For many, it is when they stop having fun. The poem below illustrates this concept further.


Get out of your mind’s traps.

Lighten up.

Let go of illusions.

The world won’t end if you take a break.

You are here to thrive

not just to survive.


no matter how much you accomplish

there is always much more to do.

For a couple of minutes

drop all thoughts of the things that

you have to do,

are responsible to do,

are expected to do…

Take a deep breath.

Ignore the noises in your head.

Let them be.

Re-live the silence of a meditation.

Listen to your heartbeat

you may be taking for granted.

Feel the divine energy

flowing through your body.

Feel the tingly sensations

in your head, hands and heart.

Pay attention to the miracle of cells in your body

working lovingly to sustain you.

Give thanks for the organs in your body

tirelessly working

to keep you alive and happy.

Feel the loving hands of mother Earth

under your feet.

Touch a tree and feel

the loving energy it radiates.

Feel the loving energy of the sun

on your face.

Recall the energy of your loving mother

holding you.

Recall the passions you had

as a child.

Recall the times that you

felt connected.

Take deep breath

unplug for a bit

and be.

Copyright @ 2010 by Shervin Hojat

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Comment by Shervin Hojat on August 27, 2013 at 12:57pm


Thanks. I appreciate letting me know about it.


Comment by Stephanie Whitaker on August 25, 2013 at 2:52pm

We will be publishing to the website! 

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