Welcome to the fifth of our seven-day practice celebrating the seemingly “little” things that can support us in meeting difficult circumstances with greater resilience, generosity, and ease. We invite you to close your eyes and take one or two slow, deep breaths. Now, let's begin...
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Rest when you can. Honor the need to pause, find stillness, and simply “be” if even for just a moment. You might close your eyes, lay flat, lay with your legs up the wall, or lean back. Let go wherever you are right now, and allow your body and mind to take a much-deserved break.
Can you feel how rest supports your capacity for aliveness?
Should you be inspired, please leave a reflection below…
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I find ‘restimg’ to be very difficult. There is no problem with my body lying still and consciously relaxing. But my body is never free from pain which dominates my brain every waking moment. A condition I have had for almost 13 years means I feel pain when sitting or lying down. I hardly remember what it is like to be painfree and have full possession of my own body. So meditation is a short period when, although pain is ever present, my body does release all’ other stress.
I like resting – my body likes to rest – my brain like to rest – my my sprit likes to rest . Our pets and wild life like to rest. We ned to follow their lead.
To rest is wonderful, I wish I rested more than I do. Long working hours across 6 or 7 days and a difficulty switching off mean that I don’t give my body and mind enough time off. I’m so grateful to be a great sleeper, perhaps just not enough. I’ve started a bedtime meditation for 15mins and rarely get past 10 ?
Resting in God is the aim of centering prayer. And when I am able to let go and truly rest for those few precious minutes in a 25 minute session I emerge with a clear mind that allows all possibilities. The focus of any pursuit seems to be clearer and the power of distractions seem to weaken.
Sleep and rest can often be two different things. I can feign sleep at any time, if only just to create a quiet space to recharge. Being truly rested, however, is a much harder state to find, as the distractions and stresses of modern life show. How, then, can we best achieve rest effectively? Breathe, for a start, and follow these peaceful steps. 🙂
Rest is indeed a balm which then allows energy to find the way forward once again. I find I need more rest these days – body and mind – as I follow the path of aging, rest from too much information and fear around Covid 19, rest from my often overactive brain. I appreciate the clarity made possible following a bit of rest, followed by rejuvenation.
The brain, in particular, needs a welcomed break from all of this worry, I think. Kudos to your rest! 🙂
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