It can be challenging in a busy life to turn your attention to the need for and importance of REST. What is your need for ‘rest’ breaks? How connected are you to this need? How can you make rest more of a daily priority? What part does rest play in your connection to inner confidence?
The following is an invitation for you to set the intention to experience rest, value rest, and become a dear friend with rest as you move through your life.
The Art of Resting
There is something very powerful about the state of 'rest'. When you value rest and commit to making time to nourish it, rest can significantly influence the quality of your life and support you in coming home to yourself.
Studies talk about the lack of 'rest' in our society, the kind of rest that pertains to sleep and relaxation. When you don't ensure that you're getting the quotient of 'rest' that your body and heart require:
- Your body doesn't function with the same vitality and aliveness typical of when you're 'rested'. It may even have to scream out, “Take care of me!” by getting a cold or the flu.
- You tend to crave - and reach for - food that isn’t good for you because you’re in need of an energy boost.
- There is an impact on your ability to think clearly and wade through those stressful moments.
- You feel less grounded and, therefore, more vulnerable to reacting rather than responding to life’s challenges. Old patterns of behaviour that you thought were handled show up.
- The experience of love and acceptance, the heart of inner confidence, seems difficult to touch.
Permission to just be and even take a nap during the day! - is almost too good to be true for someone who is consistently pushing themselves to keep busy, work, and strive for that something more. Note - this is not about discouraging being in action; it’s about encouraging the balancing state of simply being which is the art of rest.
The Art of Rest also speaks to the bigger questions in life.
Do you take the time to 'rest' into your emotions, allowing them to just be what they are without trying to fix them?
When the mind gradually relaxes, the wise voice for the inner teacher is heard. Inspiration and creativity have the opportunity to float to the surface and express themselves. Are you able to rest into these inner gifts that are available to all of us?
You have the potential to rest into what life offers, experiencing and accepting what is, without having to fight and resist. When you are centered in resting into the present, you trust that life unfolds according to its own time and wisdom. Do you rest in humility?
In the following poem called “Walk Slowly”Danna Faulds writes:
It only takes a reminder to breathe, a moment to be still, and just like that, something in me settles, softens, makes space for imperfection.
The harsh voice of judgment drops to a whisper and I remember again that life isn’t a relay race; that we will all cross the finish line; that waking up to life is what we are born for.
As many times as I forget, catch myself charging forward without even knowing where I am going, that many times I can make the choice to stop, to breathe, and walk slowly into the mystery.
Rest in this moment. Rest in love and suffering. Rest in resistance and change. Rest in solitude and relationship. Rest in silence and expression. Rest in clarity and in the unknown.
Take the time to find a quiet, comfortable place for your body to sink into wherever it is: physically, emotionally, and in the depths of the heart. Know that there is nothing to do but simply rest into your breath and receive what is present, moment by moment. Allow the state of rest to deeply nourish you.
Consider making time for yourself in this way a daily practice, opening your heart to the rich experience of REST in all its many facets.