The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues. Elizabeth Taylor

Do you feel guilty about a midafternoon rendezvous with a novel, followed by a nap? Do your e-mail and to-do list whine when you take a moment to recharge? Can you swing from hyperactive to luxuriating without concern that the universe will fall apart without you? When was the last time you took a midday stroll and put all demands on hold just to go and recharge? Exercise is important for your body, but so is a pause from “doing-ness.” Let go of what you are attempting to make happen for a while. It may just be what creates the opening for the magic of life to happen.

You lose much value in your life if you deplete your sense of freedom. Whether it’s in your world or your head, what have you allowed to chain you to a work ethic that denies you your right to move around as a free person? What underlying beliefs keep you from enjoying simple moments of pleasure in your life? Close your eyes, open your ears, and let God in. You just might find yourself strolling along the beach in the middle of the week smiling from ear to ear as you reconnect with a dear friend you haven’t been with for way too long because your plate’s been full. How could this time-out be anything but a divine blessing to you?

Spiritual Contemplation: Find a simple indulgence and enjoy it.

Affirmation: I say yes to that which nurtures my soul.