Our society is addicted to productivity.
We think productivity increases our value as a human.
And we want to be valued and loved.
So…we become addicted to productivity.

Which means…
being still is an act of courage.

Here’s a reframe on taking a break or slowing down: You are not weak, you’re not giving up or losing ambition, and you sure as hell aren’t lazy.

When you pause, you are rebellious and wise. Courageous. You’re synchronized with Mother Nature herself.

By going into savasana, stopping — especially at the eleventh hour — you will be challenging YOUR own notion of your value, and THEIR notion of your value. You have to rally strength to REPRIORITIZE AGAINST THE NORM, because collective insanity does not cheer on wellness and wisdom.

Sabbaticals. Extended holidays. 4-day work weeks. Shorter work days…all of these practices run counter to so many of our current addictions. The system is set up for us to rest after we’ve “made it”. Hustlers flaunt their vacation-loaded lifestyles and the message is clear: “I got money and I bought me some time with it.” When motivators talk about taking a break, it’s usually in the context of pausing so you can be more productive later — that’s the addiction disguised as self-help. Pause to FEEL. Pause to KNOW YOURSELF BETTER. Pause for LOVE.

Wisdom is so underrated these days. Slowing down won’t get you any “heroine” accolades. But…

Wise people know that when you are intentionally still, you become the real kind of powerful. @DanielleLaPorte (Click to Tweet!)

Danielle LaPorte is an invited member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100, a group who, in Oprah Winfrey’s words, “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.” She is author of White Hot Truth: Clarity for keeping it real on your spiritual path—from one seeker to another. The Fire Starter Sessions, and The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul—the book that has been translated into 8 languages, evolved into a yearly day planner system, a top 10 iTunes app, and an international workshop program with licensed facilitators in 15 countries.

Named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes, millions of visitors go to DanielleLaPorte.com every month for her daily #Truthbombs and what’s been called “the best place online for kickass spirituality.” A speaker, a poet, a painter, and a former business strategist and Washington-DC think tank exec, Entrepreneur Magazine calls Danielle, “equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass…edgy, contrarian…loving and inspired.” Her charities of choice are Eve Ensler’s VDay: a global movement to end violence against women and girls, and charity: water, setting out to bring safe drinking water to everyone in the world. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her favourite philosopher, her son. You can find her @daniellelaporte and just about everywhere on social media.