Downtime is Uptime

“Downtime is where we become ourselves, looking into the middle distance, kicking at the curb, lying on the grass or sitting on the stoop and staring at the tedious blue of the summer sky. I don’t believe you can write poetry, or compose music, or become an actor without downtime, and plenty of it, a hiatus that passes for boredom but is really the quiet moving of the wheels inside that fuel creativity.”  ~ Anna Quindlen

You typically don’t find yourself, your mission or life purpose, or even the next step in a creative project, by doing.

Yet, I am often met with resistance when I share that it is by slowing down, being still, and going within that one moves out of feeling stuck–or beyond confusion about next steps in life.

Meditating for as little as 20 minutes a day, for example, can change your life and deepen connections to your true self and higher wisdom.

Initially, it feels uncomfortable to stop, and make time to be. As Deepak Chopra says, when asked why people have a challenging time meditating:

“What they are afraid of is intimacy with their own self so they are running around trying to find fulfillment outside. But when you have intimacy with yourself, you have intimacy with the world.”

Being in nature also helps center you from within and even brings you back into the flow of creativity.

Last week, in preparing to create a new series of my own podcasts, along with participating in many media interviews for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I was feeling slightly overwhelmed.

Instead of pushing through to create my new digital content before coaching clients later that day, I took the morning off to walk the nearby lake with a friend.

An hour later, while talking, I came up with the title of my new podcast to debut within the next few weeks: “Intimate Conversations with Gail Jones: CLAIM YOUR WORTHINESS PODCAST.” I will be sharing in a future blog more about my unique content and the types of guest experts I will have on my podcast.

In the meantime, I urge you to embrace downtime as a way to expand and tap into new possibilities for your life.

You are worthy of periods of inactivity, without having to push or try harder. Everybody needs, and deserves respite, along with fresh perspectives from daily routines.

Here are three tips on downtime:

1) Schedule in “me time” daily, totally unplugged from all devices.

2) Make friends with periods of solitude—accept, instead of resist, alone times. The wisdom you receive from going within will grow with practice.

3) Let go of guilt—“being” is as productive as doing.

In expansion,


SPECIAL DOWNTIME GIFT: Click on the home page of my website,, on the right side under WHAT’S NEW, to listen to my first GUIDED MEDITATION ON CLAIMING YOUR WORTHINESS.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I created this meditation to also help those newly diagnosed, for claiming one’s worthiness to live can extend longevity, as detailed in my book, Cancer as a Love Story: Developing the Mindset for Living.


My photographer friend, Sharon Spector, paused to capture the picture above of this wonderful “art” rock garden created by a previous traveler on the trail where she was hiking in Sedona, AZ.  To learn more of Sharon’s work, email her at





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  • Sharon says:

    Simply articulated, yet important and powerful. This is a lesson I have been learning. This morning I canceled the class I was excited to be attending later today…I’m just tired and on my way to the beach to be, re-charge and listen

  • Susan Young says:

    Thank you for the reminder of the importance of downtime. You are wise as always! After a walk to enjoy this beautiful 70 degree day, I may nap or at least put my feet up!

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