It's reading period here at Lawrence. This means classes are done for the term and we have two unscheduled days as students prepare for final exams. Unscheduled days--what a lovely thought. This is a great time to pause, take a deep breath (perhaps many deep breaths), and reflect. What do your mind, body, and spirit need during this precious pause? More sleep? More reflective, spacious study (read: anti-cramming)? More exercise or stretching? More laughing? More solitude? More help from professors and fellow students? More walks in the sunshine?
What a gift these days are. Yet it's so easy to overlook them and stay on the treadmill of do-do-do, go-go-go, schedule-schedule-schedule. I encourage you all to embrace these unscheduled days; purposefully pause and check in; make decisions from a centered place (not the scattered space we often find ourselves in). And also realize there are--or could be--many precious-pause days in our lives. The key is the realization that at any moment we can step off the treadmill (even if for a short time).