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