Sadly, the title of this blog post is not an original. I came across it when I was looking up the definition of arboretum. Clever though, huh? This past Monday, I visited the Washington Park Arboretum because I thought I needed to take some time to appreciate the Fall colors. I packed a lunch and hopped in my car and arrived at my Leaf-y destination about 15 minutes later. Taking a relaxing interlude in the middle of a work day REALLY makes a difference. I felt happier and more present for the rest of the day. Maybe that’s why folks who take siesta seem way more laid back and free from tension. They build relaxation into their daily lives. I’ve been talking about relaxation a lot lately (in fact, it’s the theme for my classes this month). It’s my guess that most people are pretty tense and relaxation is a “luxury” instead of a daily (or even a moment-to-moment) reality. How can we build relaxation into everything we do? Is it possible to be free from tension even when you’re doing something serious and challenging? Here’s my 2-part challenge to you: 1) Think of some small thing you can do each day (even if it’s just for 5 minutes) that you know will be relaxing and then try it for the next 7 days. 2) When you catch yourself in a tense moment, ask yourself, can I bring relaxation to this moment by (smoothing my breath, softening my facee, changing the quality of my voice, etc)? Try that for 7 days too. Then, let me know how it goes (in the comments). Feel free to also share your ideas for this challenge in the comments. Random comments are welcome too.