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You Are Not A Machine: Remembering To Relax And Replenish

You are not a machine.

You’re mortal. Organic. You don’t come in a shape that will always easily slot into all the timetables and schedules and systems that beckon.

That’s probably no surprise. (And yet how many demands do you put on yourself sometimes?)

So there might be times when you can’t “keep on keeping on,” or where maybe you don’t always have the energy to “push on through.” Where it’s not always so easy to “just do it.”

Times, instead, where you might need to rest.
Respect the boundaries of your humanness – perfectly imperfect just as it is – and simply restore the balance a little. To stop treating yourself like the machine that you’re not…

I had a week like that myself last week (which is why you wouldn’t have seen me here on the blog). A week where I just needed to drop out of some of the routines and demands and pressures. I needed a whole lot more of “nothing” on my to-do list.

Do you know the feeling?

Where you yearn for a deliberate clearing of the decks and a clearing of your mind?

When do you know that it’s time to remember that?
What are your cues to recall your humanness?
(Or do you tend to ignore them until they become warning bells?)

And when you actually get around to it, what do you do to honour your mortal limits?

How do you relax?
Or replenish?
Or remember yourself?

It doesn’t have to be big. Or take a lot of time.

Sometimes, it’s as simple as remembering to breathe – consciously.
Just coming to rest for a moment.
Finding a quiet moment and being still.
Absorbing whatever the moment has to offer – and letting there be moments that aren’t stuffed to the brim with “important,” “busy” stuff.

Perhaps even letting some moments have the time to bring their gifts to you.

For perhaps it’s not only us that aren’t machines.

Perhaps moments aren’t machines either…


Text copyright: Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar.
Image is a composite of this phrenology diagram and lilbolo628’s photo
Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar (Grad Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy) is a writer, blogger and Sydney psychotherapist in private practice at One Life Counselling & Psychotherapy. Gabrielle also facilitates telephone support groups for people who are living with cancer, for their carers, and for people who have been bereaved through a cancer experience. She was the former editor of a journal on counselling and psychotherapy and she provides regular therapeutic updates on facebook and Twitter @OneLifeTherapy.
You Are Not A Machine: Remembering To Relax And Replenish

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Gawne-Kelnar, G. (2011). You Are Not A Machine: Remembering To Relax And Replenish. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 24, 2020, from


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