Rest is like unclenching a fist, letting go of the need to do or to know, in order that receiving might take the place of grasping. ~ Mike Mason, Champagne for the Soul
When I was a young woman, I revelled in the knowledge that I could work longer, move faster and accomplish more than most of the other people around me. While I carried a full class load at college, I also worked a more-than-full-time job and held a part-time position at my church. I was oblivious enough to be surprised when my body finally rebelled and mulishly declared that it would not go a step further until I took some time off to recover my health.
In the years since then, I have learned more about regularly scheduled time to rest. There have been seasons in my life when I set aside at least a portion of one Saturday each month where I turned off all my phones, didn’t answer the front door, and generally cocooned myself away from everything to rest my soul and body. There have been seasons when my responsibilities didn’t allow for hours at a time spent removed to myself for rest. In those times I would take a quiet lunch break at work, or grab a few moments to myself before walking into a meeting at church. Even those few moments provided a respite, quietening my mind and allowing it to rest.
Today is Day 11 of 31 Days of Soul Tending and the focus is entering rest. I’m reminding myself how easy it is to make rest just another task to complete, another activity to do. Instead it’s about letting go and receiving the soul restoring benefits rest provides. If rest keeps showing up last on your list, consider adding a recurring event in your calendar so that each day you receive a reminder to set aside a few moments to rest your mind and body.
The previous post in this series is Choosing my margins
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