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 found that Sunday afternoons are about relaxation and renewal. There is a slowed rhythm of this time of the week that allows you to enjoy your favorite pursuits with leisure.
For me, it’s chill time after the morning of being at Church. It’s that time at worship where I am lifted up spiritually. This being the Sabbath also allows time to reconnect with God. There is also a time of spending time with the important people in my life.
On my Sunday’s after church I spend time with my wife where we catch up on TV, have lunch and engage in corporate and individual activities. Today for example we watched last nights Saturday Night Live and then she read and I did some stuff on the computer. Also we napped which is a good thing.
Our world is full of chaos. Having a time for yourself, regaining yourself and having some recreational fun can be good for you. Getting away from it all even at home can benefit everyone. Also there’s nothing wrong with unplugging a bit (advice I really suck at).
Enjoy these times. Sunday afternoons can refuel your soul and give you some control back on your life. Have fun friends!