I’ve been resting a lot lately. I got tired after 3 months of intense mourning following the death of my sister, lots and lots of open awareness meditation walking, a spiritual rebirth, an “adventurous” holiday peak traffic drive to Virginia (and back), and a week of intense study of tantric yoga with my teacher Gary Kraftsow.
(I’d like to write a post on each on those experiences — but that will have to wait for now.)
I’m resting by relaxing with my husband or hanging out with friends, sitting in my comfy chair and reading, taking slow walks.
Rest is a vital part living life in balance. Sleep helps us remember what we learned during the day. Rest helps us assimilate and transform experience into new ways of understanding that influence our experience of the world as it is, as opposed to the way we would like it to be.
Though a lot of my path lately has been focused on healing myself, healing my relationships with the many facets of the web of life, and heading towards a practice that I believe has the potential of healing the Earth Crisis. I thought rest was simply taking some time off from the hard work of my path.
Imagine my surprise when I came across the 24-6 project that promotes a return to a version of the Sabbath.
How can a planet of 7 billion people be shared as though we are
a population of 6 billion?
By voluntarily taking a day off from our energy hungry cars, machines and gadgets and our “restless” pursuits one day a week, the human condition can become more secure, connected and intimately fulfilling.
This practice reveals the infinitely pleasurable rewards of
direct human experience with the world.
It’s not an ideology – just an opportunity to create a space for all
of what make us human.
What would it mean to you to take a day off to rest?
What would rest do for you and your relationships?
If you did it would you connect to the intention of refraining from energy consumption.
If it seems completely overwhelming to consider a full 24 hours of rest, remember that the basic premise of a yoga is “Start where you are.” What would it mean to take and hour? An afternoon? A few minutes away from your desk at work?
Share your thoughts in the comments section, please!