Time to Rest

July 1, 2013 1 Comment

rest, take time to rest, rest everyday

 

Taking time out each day to relax and renew is essential to living well. ~Judith Hanson Lasater

 

Our calendars turn to July today and my thoughts are turning towards rest.

I invited more play into my life during June. July has me asking for some downtime.

Today is also a big day — the launch of my new website. This has been in the works for a long time and I’m so excited to share it with you today.

With all the lightness that play brought into my life, I’m releasing my site before it is “perfect”, before everything I have planned is up and ready, and before I’m totally 100% comfortable in making this big switch.

Sometimes the best time to do something is before you are 100% ready.

I’m not really ready for respite either. This week is huge for me, with a big trip to the west coast on Thursday for The World Domination Summit. There is delicious nervous and excited energy coursing through my veins.

Right now rest does not mean stopping. It doesn’t even mean slowing down.

Inviting in rest means bringing more mindfulness to the way I spend my day, and making time, even if it is just 10 minutes, for a pause; some silence, repose and peace.

  • reading 3 pages of a novel
  • breezing through the pages of a magazine
  • taking an extra long shower
  • walking the dog around the block
  • lying in bed with my four year old while she drifts off to sleep
  • sitting down on the couch and taking 10 deep, cleansing breathes

 

How could you invite rest into your life with me this month?

 

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  1. Jen says:

    This month I’m not pushing myself. I’m actually resting. My body kinda shut down in the last week of June, and the message is clear: rest. So I’ve decided that walking is enough. I don’t need to try to run right now. While there are a million and one things that need to be done, this past weekend, I enjoyed the air conditioning and the comforts of the bed or the couch while the husband tackled the yard work. I’ve excused myself from lunches and social situations that I just can’t see myself expending the energy to engage in. I take a little longer on the front porch in the mornings when I write, and I don’t mind if I’m not getting as many pages done. I’m letting go. Giving up some responsibility, letting others take care of things that I don’t really have to. Because I’m too tired. And exhausted is no way to go through life.

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