Counter Intuitive Rest {One Word 365}

30. January 2015 Be, Being and Believing 2

readysetrest marvia davidsonCounter intuitive.  Two words that come to mind when I think about rest when everything gets busier in life and work.  Doesn’t it know I have things to do, people to see, places to go, and projects to complete?

In these moments, the last thing I want to think about is rest.  It seems counterproductive.  Yet, rest continues to whisper, “You can’t ignore me. I’m here for your good.”

But, but, but… I have a lot of objections rising from the must-keep-going mindset that doesn’t want to stop.  But rest keeps calling.  Now, I’m listening.  It’s my one word for 2015 – rest, and it’s not backing down.  Much as I’d like to ignore it, I can’t.

We were made for resting, pausing, slowing down, and taking a break.  Perhaps rest is not so hindering after all.  I won’t bore you with the research on the science of rest.  I don’t need science or facts to tell me what my body and soul already know: stop trying to do all the things all the time.  It’s destructive and sometimes gives a false sense of accomplishment.

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Maybe in resting we find strength that gives us the energy we need to keep moving, one foot in front of the other.  We can stop for a moment and reassess where we’ve been and where we do or don’t need to go.  It’s a gentle pause here and there that can be transformative.  It gives the soul permission for reprieve.  I don’t know about you but I need more reprieve. So I’ll take rest in all its many forms: sleeping, making art, writing, walking, exercising, dreaming, sabbathing, baking, or however it comes.  All I know is this resting will be for my good, and I’m okay with that.

How do you choose to rest?

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2 thoughts on “Counter Intuitive Rest {One Word 365}”

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    lisha epperson on January 30, 2015 Reply

    Amen! Soul reprieve! I love reading other #OneWord365 reflections that encourage me to go deeper with my own. Rest complements slow. And Amen again. Thanks for this tonight Marvia!

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      Marvia on January 31, 2015 Reply

      Lisha,
      I’m glad to hear that. You’re slow and rest – that’s a good combination. I’m leaning in to that too. Here’s to grace in the deep diving! 😉

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