As you get older, you do just get tired.Robyn Davidson
We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal.Thich Nhat Hanh
Rest is important to people. I am not talking about sleep here but something that is just as needed. There’s comfort and security to be found in resting.
What do you find rest in though? A cause, politics, religion, relationships, place. All of those things are a part of human existence in how we lean into them as a way to give us identity and purpose.
There are two sides to everything especially politics and we are seeing things get ugly. Relationships are a two way street. Causes are a reflection of our concerns and values. Religion is a definite sacred cow that can bring people together or separate them. Place can give us home where we find our belonging to something greater than ourselves.
Giving things a rest might help us finally have some peace so we can rest for real. Realizing what is important and focusing on that. Yes I need to take my own advice and some of you are the choir I am preaching to but you know we all need reminding of that.
Find something that gives you some rest good people. This world needs us all refreshed and ready for the days ahead.
(My priest Fr. Quinn inspired this post from his sermon on 7/5/2020)
If you have no time to rest, it’s exactly the right time.
Each of us has a time of rest, renewal and recreation. Without rest we don’t function at our best.
In many faith traditions believers are commanded to rest. Today is a day of rest or Sabbath for many. I went to church this morning to be in communion with my parish peeps and to be recharged spiritually and to worship together with others seeking the same thing.
Rest means letting go of work in whatever form that means to an individual. Once you leave your workplace, leave your workplace if you can. When you relax you must do it intentionally meaning whatever recharges you and gives you a reset, do that. You know what is best for you.
One’s imagination and life benefits from taking time for themselves. There is this self-care movement that reminds us that people need to push the pause button on life. It can be hard to find the time to chill out because we are over extended, over committed and over worked.
We all need renewal of mind, body and spirit. You can’t be your best if you are burning the candle at both ends. Really, you can find yourself again when you relax. Something I am learning how to do.
This post is inspired by my priest, Fr. Quinn Parman.
Most faith traditions call for some form of rest during the week. In my tradition it comes on Sunday. No matter what everyone needs a day or more of rest. Keeping the sabbath is important in order to keep balance in ones life. We live in a hyper-busy world where people are so over scheduled in their work and personal lives.
Everyone is afraid of missing something so they want to do everything. Saying no is hard but necessary. You can only do so many things in a week, month, year. Maybe our priorities need adjusting so our spirits can be recreated for making our lives better and those of others we love.
This is easier said than done. I have a problem with resting and relaxing. Realizing I cannot conquer the world is important to know. No one can conquer the world either.
Without rest and renewal we will find our lives to be very tough.
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best. St. Jerome
I have discovered that when you have to empty your head of it’s thoughts that writing them out is helpful. Last night I had to get something out of my head and off my heart that I couldn’t sleep so I went to my computer and just wrote. After I got my thoughts on screen and pixels it made getting to sleep much easier. They say write your dreams and ideas out when they come to you and I would have to agree with this. A late night writing session is very therapeutic.
Sure, I enjoy a full nights rest like the next dork but some nights it just doesn’t happen. My bladder is as old as me and when you have to get up to go to the bathroom/loo it can interrupt your sleep cycle and in some cases you never get back to sleep. There is too much life happening and that can make your brain click on and that is never a good thing when you wanna get some good shut eye. Sleep is vital to ones health and well being so when you don’t get enough of it then there is room for concern there. One thing I don’t like is how lack of sleep effects me late in the day. Falling asleep at work isn’t always a good thing according to most bosses.
Life is something to do when you can’t get to sleep. Fran Lebowitz
I suppose I have too much living to do or something like that.