Time to rest

Dec 23, 2017

Time to rest

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Time to restIt’s time to rest

A group of Puffins rest on a rock, taking a break.

Just sitting, standing, just pausing for moment.

How tranquil they appear, no need to rush through the rest or think what is next.

It is time to rest.

Is it now your time to rest?

I gather it is.

Why is it so hard to sit, stand, and just pause for a moment?

A Puffin can do it, despite the potential dangers and constant search for food.

Our dangers are almost nonexistent and our food is easily accessible.

Why do we find it so difficult to rest?

Resting maybe a waste of time or you might miss out on something.

Others might make it difficult for you to rest.

Resting feels lazy and sloth-like, or self-indulgent.

Though ask a Puffin, if a Puffin could speak, it would stare at you perplexed.

“Why can’t you not rest?”

A Puffin does not diarize his breaks; he takes it when his belly is full.

He will undoubtedly become hungry again or seek a mate; with rest he has the energy to proceed.

We too can pause after our bellies are full, our work is finished for the moment, and we feel safe.

Not the pause of shame or guilt, but one that is embraced fully, without strings attached.

Puffins just sit stare, looking around, eyes opened or closed, no thoughts at all.

No, we are not Puffins

Yes, we have thoughts.

But still we too need to rest.

It’s time to rest

Have you thought about starting the new year with my mindfulness course?


Recipe: It’s time to rest

So allow yourself time to rest

Just rest

It’s OK to rest

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ByRebecca Jane

A passionate exponent of helping improve people performance through mindfulness, pioneer of yoga and personal wellbeing, author and counsellor

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