We all need it, but how many of us feel comfortable with the term “rest”? As I continue to grow in my life’s journey, I find myself drawn more and more to embracing the idea of rest, of relaxation. As a society we get so immersed in our jobs, our goals, our wants that we often forget about our need for rest in order to feel at peace, centered, and grounded. We forget about the connection between repose and our success within the world in which we live. Rest, whether we would like to admit it or not, allows for us to be fully who we are designed to be as human beings.
As difficult as this may be to hear, we do not and should not be readily available to everyone all the time. This is not only unnecessary but unhealthy. By constantly allowing ourselves to be glued to the headset, the iPad, the computer screen; we are eliminating our ability to hear what God has to say to us, our presence to our loved ones, and to be inherently aware of what we are feeling inside of us.
Biblically, this idea of “rest” has been shown throughout our history. Jesus, moments before His crucifixion, went to a solitary place to pray to His father. The disciples gathered together to commune before a big journey. Soldiers, before heading off to war, lay with their wives. Reflection and rest are essential to any form of success. Without it, we are only half present, half aware, and we struggle in our daily ability to be fully active in our given environment or situation.
Rest comes in many forms. It may come in the form of yoga and meditation, reading the Bible, taking a bubble bath with a glass of wine. It may be spending time with the family, sitting down to dinner with those you love, or a heart to heart with a dear friend. Perhaps rest is found in creating art, sitting back and listening to music, or enjoying a cup of tea. It can be found within the pages of a good book, the embrace of your husband or wife, and fundamentally in sleep itself. The opportunity for rest is all around us, we just have to be willing to put down the “noise” and grab onto rest when it passes our way. We may have to actively search out for it, but it is there, always; just waiting for us to embrace what it has to offer, the benefits it provides.
Thus, I challenge you (and myself), pick a time this week where you just embrace rest, embrace you, and embrace what it feels like to just sit in the peace that surrounds you. Then, once you have this solid time set aside for just you, set aside some time to just focus on the ones you love and cherish. Do something together that allows you to sincerely focus on them and who they are; how lucky you are to have them. Remove the hustle and bustle from your life and create space for peace and rest.
It is time to change our view on success, on requirements, on what truly is important. So put the phone down, do not be available ALL THE TIME, and simply breathe.
Your Women's Lifestyle Coach & Owner of Little Bits Lifestyle Products