It’s important to take periodic time-outs, if you will. Or, if to stretch your thoughts further–an annual savasana.
A time to let out a long exhale and rest from activities. Maybe it’s a vacation, maybe it’s a 24-hour no-media zone, maybe it’s a two-week period in which one does not blog or check Facebook or email. Like right now.
It’s important to rest. To abide.*
Rest is yogic. Yoga classes contain a dance of movement and rest. After all the poses and lactic acid flows with stretching, the body lies prone on the mat and rests. You can feel all the stress just go whoosh!
Rest is Biblical. God rested on the seventh day and commands us to do the same. Jesus invites us into his rest. Sabbath is a weekly time of rest. Kylie and I practice this kind of rest where we do nothing work-related on Sundays, and we cannot imagine
surviving enjoying our weeks without it.
So, to me, it makes sense that something we practice on an hourly level (yoga class savasana) and a weekly level (sabbath) should be expanded to an annual level. [As I write this, I realize I am missing something in between weekly and annual–something like monthly or quarterly. I will need to ponder this.]
Thus I’m resting from the blogosphere and the Internet for the next two weeks. I’ll be back online after July 21.
Where can you incorporate rest–big or small–into your life? Whether your rest be a 10 minute savasana, a 24 hour sabbath, a no-tv week, or a quiet morning hour, I pray you find some rest, friends.
*John 15:1-5 – “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. (NASB)