The Law of Comfort tells us to take time to chill out… look after ourselves, rest in the hammock, nurture our mind, body and Soul!
We can’t keep on running all the time, pushing ourselves against the clock. We do need to make progress, but we also have to recognise when to take a breather and enjoy ourselves. On a sailing ship, the men would always take time to enjoy their rum rations and dance a few hornpipes!
In the movie, Chocolat, an expert chocolate cook arrives to open shop in a very uptight, religiously minded town — during Lent! There are lots of unhappy people in this community and the new chocolate establishment becomes a centre for the sad, the lonely and the sick to gather for solace, with Juliette Binoche dispensing hot chocolate to soothe their woes. The “River Rats”, a bunch of hippy characters led by Jonny Depp, live an itinerant lifestyle. They are banned from the town, but their music and vitality provide an opportunity for everyone to relax.
In life, we mustn’t push ourselves so far that we get sick. We must take opportunities for respite and recuperation before body or spirit start to complain.
Unfortunately, our Western culture overvalues the work ethic and many of us find it difficult to take time out. But it is exactly during the ‘down-time’ that magical things can happen. We can get valuable inspiration on a walk through the woods, or alone a beach. We go on a spontaneous trip and just happen to meet someone who will help us move towards our goal.
Magic moments happen when we take our eye off the ball, even though we imagine we need to keep both eyes on the ball all the time! It’s a paradox, but somehow it works. Focus on your intention, listen to your Soul’s intense desires and act, but also allow Universal Energy to move you towards what you yearn for. This is a balancing act between intention, followed by action, and intention followed by release.
Love and chocolate are inextricably entwined in our cultural expectations. The deliciousness of smooth chocolate calls us to unwind and relax. The ship drops anchor for a while, the sailors get leave, the Captain organises necessary repairs and restocking before setting sail again.
This Law is the eighth Law out of ten, and the fifth of the Daily Laws.
This group of five Laws is a kind of hub, with Leadership at the centre. We can think of these five Laws as a crucible in which to incubate our purpose before we announce it, or share it in the world. If we can work quietly and patiently with these five Daily Laws, then we build up an intensity that draws great possibilities towards us. When we make our next move (governed by the Law of Exchange, which I’ll be writing about next time) then we are truly ready for the world. And the world will be ready and waiting for you!