April 28     

Today's quotation:

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.

John Lubbock

Today's Meditation:

I love to rest.  I've had jobs that have kept me extremely busy-- the Army comes to mind-- during which time I had no time to rest at all.  Now I love to rest, to take naps, and to just recharge myself on days when I really need to kick back and take it easy.  My rest time is very valuable to me because it helps me to be better at what I do when I'm not resting.  Sometimes the best advice that we can ever get is to take some down time and relax-- but it's very often advice that we ignore, unfortunately.

We need rest, but we convince ourselves that we need to work more.  We tell ourselves that we can't rest because something "important" needs to be done, not keeping in mind the fact that rest is just as important as the vast majority of our tasks.  And when we do rest, so often we just sit down somewhere boring for a few minutes until we've recovered a tiny bit, and then we get back to work.  These mini-rests, though, don't have nearly as many positive effects on our minds, spirits, or bodies that true rest does.

Sometimes I have to force myself to truly rest, and it's always worth the effort.  I go for a long walk-- without any electronics present-- and enjoy the day.  I sit down with a book and a cup of coffee and I read.  Or I sit down with nothing at all and simply listen to some relaxing music, allowing myself to fall asleep and take a nap.  When I'm done resting, I'm ready to do whatever I need to do, and I'm able to do it better because I'm able to focus better and to stick with it longer.

I love to find beautiful places to rest, whether they be in a park or out in the woods or near some water.  Resting isn't a luxury for me-- it's a necessity.  It just feels like a luxury.

Questions to consider:

Why do so many people in our society view people who are taking a rest as being "lazy"?

How often do you stop and take true rests to restore your sense of balance?

What would life be like if we weren't able to take rests?

For further thought:

Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life.  To find a balance in them is a skill in itself.  Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have.  Finding them in each other-- activity in rest and rest in activity-- is the ultimate freedom.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Celebrating Silence

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