Permission to Rest

Buddha Under a Tree

Some of my personal projects and goals have reached a point of questioning; I’ve entered what feels like a period of uncertainty. Sometimes this means it’s time to experiment with small actions and test the waters. Sometimes it means it’s time to step back and regroup.

This time, it means it’s time to stop striving and let things unfold. It’s time to rest.

Rest isn’t always easy.

Rest can be uncomfortable. We’re not used to slowing down and we may feel a little lost at first. We must persevere.

Rest can be uncertain. When we strive there’s usually a clear objective in mind; when we let things unfold it’s an exercise in letting go. We must practice trust.

On the flip side, rest can be very productive.

When we take time to pause and still the mind we open the door to intuition and insights. Often this yields forward movement that stems from what I call the Source (some call it the Universe, Higher Power, the Self — call it what you wish). Actions that stem from the Source are golden, often solid and true in nature, and have the potential to move us much further on our path than any busy work.

Rest is healthy. Rest is just as beautiful as action. Rest is necessary so we may once again move forward in strength.

Is rest calling you today? Heed the call. Take a break and let life unfold.

All will still be there when you’re ready to step back into action.

6 thoughts on “Permission to Rest

  1. Rest and uncertainty are key phases of any project, and it’s wise that you notice and accept them. I appreciate the reminder to rest today too… to really sink into it.

  2. So beautiful and so true. When I force myself to rest and recoup, I come back refreshed and ready to tackle things. I sometimes even come back full of ideas on what to do and try next because I gave myself room to breath and imagine. Thanks for this beautiful reminder!

    1. My pleasure Stacia! I find it ironic and amazing how much can “get done” when I rest, usually in the form of puttering or exploring new ideas that finally have the space to come up.

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