Sunday, October 13, 2013

Avoid Spiritual Suicide

And on the seventh day, God rested.

Hmm.

How often do we take time out of our busy lives to simply rest?

The world can be pretty darn demanding of us at times.

If we are not careful, it will leave us feeling frazzled, fragmented, frustrated, fragile, and just flat out fried.

We end up meeting the needs of the world rather than meeting our own.

And when this happens, the world owns us. Say buh-bye to freedom. This is the path to spiritual suicide.

The best and safest thing to do is to create and keep balance in your life. We must absolutely take time out to rest.

To do this, we need to discover what our own needs and limits are. Once we do, we can make decisions, say no when we need to, and schedule our "me" time without guilt, blame, or shame. When we do these things, we start to take our lives back into our own hands, and we begin creating our lives by defining our priorities.

It begins with rest.

Rest allows us to reflect and to get in touch with our Deepest Self.

Rest allows us to acknowledge and access the great powers around us and in us.

Rest allows us to develop a well-rounded life.

Rest allows us to create harmony.

Rest allows us to make much-needed changes now.

Rest allows us to create and follow our own path, not the world's.

Rest allows us to break out of old, tired, unthinking, and counterproductive routines.

Rest is a divine gift. It is holy time, designed for us to embrace, where we can wholly develop ourselves so that we can live productive, fulfilling, joy-filled lives...on our terms.

Spiritwork:

Give yourself permission to take the day off.

Many faith traditions offer insights about the importance of rest. For example, in Judaism, the Sabbath begins at sundown Friday and ends at sundown Saturday. No work is allowed during that time. Followers begin with a Friday night meal that has enough leftovers so that no cooking is to be done on Saturday.  This is a time to rest from all obligations (with the exception of attendance in synagogue). Why not designate one day a week, your choice, where there is no cooking? Instead, go out to dinner, or simply enjoy leftovers. You may also choose to fast if you are so inclined.

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In Buddhism, the Uposatha is a day of observance that has been around since 500 B.C. It is a day designed to "cleanse the defiled mind," resulting in inner calm and joy. Generally, the Uposatha is observed about once a week, in accordance with the four phases of the moon (new moon, full moon, and the two quarters in between). Why not create a rituals of your choosing around the phases of the moon? During the new moon, you could reflect on your goals for the new you. Set your intentions and write them down. Save this for the last quarter moon. Invite an exciting new view of yourself. During the first quarter of the moon, you could observe what in your life is challenging you to take new action. Embrace your warrior self. Do one thing that scares you. Use the full moon to open the gates of your mind to illumination. Pray or meditate at moonrise. During the coming week, look for significant new understandings. At the last quarter moon, weed your inner garden of old growth. Discard something you no longer need, and burn your list that you wrote during the new moon in a little fire ceremony, giving gratitude for all that you have.

Of course, the point is for you to define what rest means to you. Decide how you want to take your rest. Let this inspire you to think of taking rest in new and life-giving ways.

Blessings.

Related Posts:

Read the introduction of 31 Days of Spiritual Growth here, and find links to all the posts in this series.



13 comments:

  1. Dear Penny,

    Again, not only a GREAT message but very wonderfully written, as well.

    One more reason to rest....as you begin to apply all these Spiritual tools to your life, you will "raise your vibration" when means operate at a higher energetic frequency. Spirit can do this immediately however, the physical body will need to adjust.

    As things improve for you, it will be important to rest the body (and feed it well) and allow it to align with handling the higher energies.

    Yet, again, I did this just yesterday. At those times in your life when the body and mind needs rest, actually doing so is the best thing you can do at that time.

    :-)

    Thanks,

    Kathy
    kathyhadleylifecoach.com

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    1. Kathy,

      Yes! That is a GREAT reason to rest. Our bodies need to adjust to the changes, especially to the higher frequencies. While the spiritual body has no problem as you stated, the physical body is more dense and has to catch up...we experience some minor "growing pains." But it always balances out and we find ourselves having adjusted. Thanks for adding this! Much appreciated.

      :-D
      Blessings.
      Penny

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    2. My pleasure. It was easy as I was just going through this yet again yesterday, myself.

      :-)

      Kathy

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  2. Hi Penny,

    Indeed!! Rest is so vitally important to our well-being!

    Rest is actually one of the four stabilizers of health that I am also going to be talking about in the upcoming months.

    What a wonderful posting today and in full alignment with healthy living!!! YAY!!

    Thank you Penny for all your work and everything you do to bring love to the planet.

    Healthy blessings,
    Gena :)

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    1. Gena,

      Rest certainly is a stabilizer of health. Without it we'd run ourselves into the ground and attract all kinds of ailments and illnesses. God forbid!

      And thank you for your kind words!

      Blessings.
      Penny

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  3. Its true one needs to rest....its hard for me when I have a young child....I go go n go.,...I finally take my rest on the weekend...I get up early n take a run....let with my thoughts in the morning...its great...or when my lil Guy takes a nap I try not to sit and relax...its a beautiful thing......but I have to remember to take the guilt out n say its OK to rest.....I deserve it....

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    1. Many people feel guilty if they take a rest, and you have to ask, from where does such a thought come? There is no reason to feel guilty for taking time out to revitalize your self and your being. We all deserve rest.

      Blessings.
      Penny

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  4. I've always thought that if God needed rest, why would I think that I don't??? Such an important message and one we tend to overlook. Thank you for this post.

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    1. That's good thinking, Brenda! If we are made in his image, then we can rest in his image :-)

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it very much.
      Blessings.
      Penny

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  5. It's so easy to forget to make time to rest when we're all so busy rushing around. I like using nature's natural cycles as reminders to work rest and play. Great post, really interesting.

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    1. It sure is, Andrea. We get so caught up in our little worlds, rushing to get things done, burning the midnight oil, not getting much sleep...for what? If life is that busy, it means we need to prioritize, make better decisions, and declutter our lives to make room for the rest we need and deserve. We can't be effective without it.

      Glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks so much for dropping in and sharing your thoughts.
      Blessings.
      Penny

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  6. This post is so relevant and important. If we don't provide time for rest, we deplete our energy and our creativity, which serves no purpose at all. It reminds me of what we know and hear all of the time -- if we don't take care of our self first, we won't be able to take care of anyone else! Thanks so much for this wonderful reminder about rest.

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    1. How true, Rochelle. We need to take care of ourselves or we will lose our effectiveness as human beings and lightworkers.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it very much!
      Blessings.
      Penny

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