Completing the Circle


In German we have the word Feierabend, which means something like “celebrating evening.” When we are done with work for the day we go home and slowly come down from the activity and relax into recovery.

Whoever gets up in the morning and has an active day, or worked hard and finished a big job can enjoy a slow recovery in the evening or especially after the work is done.


We kind of feel it’s our right. If we don’t enjoy Feierabend, our nervous system can’t really calm down and tensions and stress symptoms might stay in our body and mind. The same is true for times of continued exertion and difficult phases in life. After a phase of difficulty, we need a phase of deeper rest.


My first yoga teacher always pointed out that after holding a challenging pose for some time, one should recover “in the same intensity” from it. Doing this we create positive tendencies toward restoring ourselves, and then effortlessly we find that we’d we’d like to rise up to challenging times again.


I invite you to find your own way to celebrate what you’ve done today, this week, this month, this year or even more and to find a nice activity now through which to recover.

You can find a little support here 🙂

See you next week!



Photo Robert Reifel

5 comments on “Completing the Circle

  1. After a several month period of intensity I had to remind myself that resting for a week wasn’t enough! Restore phase should be about the same as the push phase… thank you for the idea of balance on a daily basis. I love that there is a German word for the being/doing dance!

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