Rest is the conversation between what we love to do and how we love to be. To rest is to give up on the already exhausted will as the prime motivator of endeavor, with its endless outward need to reward itself through established goals. To rest is to give up on worrying and fretting and the sense that there is something wrong with the world unless I am there to put it right.
We are rested when we let things alone and let ourselves alone, to do what we do best, breathe as the body intended us to be, to walk as we were meant to walk, to live with the rhythm of a house and a home, giving and taking through cooking and cleaning. When e give and take in an easy foundational way we are closest to the authentic self, and closest to that self when we are most rested. To rest is not self indulgent. To rest is to prepare to give the best of ourselves, and to perhaps, most importantly, arrive at a place where we are able to understand what we have already been given.
A deep experience of rest is the template of perfection in the human imagination. Rested while putting together an elaborate meal for an arriving crowd, whilst climbing the highest mountain or sitting at home surrounded by the chaos of a loving family. Rested, we are ready for the world but not held hostage by it, rested we care again for the right things and the right people in the right way. In rest we reestablish the goals that make us more generous, more courageous, more of an invitation, someone we want to remember, and someone others would want to remember too.
But the soul needs rest, the body needs a workout. The soul needs a back scratch, the body needs a green juice. The soul needs cuddles, the body needs cuddles too.
Lorca once wrote, “Be weary of the spirit, the spirit can kill you, spirit will send you jumping off a cliff to change the world, but be careful, because your body might not be ready to fly.”
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