Rest the body.
We should always take time to rest. Doctors say that we only need 6-8 hours sleep per night. This is dependent on individual needs. Is that all the rest that we need? According to most religions, one day of rest per week is also needed. That is not to say that a person has to sleep the day away. We just need to limit our activities for that day. Rest is the period our bodies take the time to repair itself. It’s the time to recharge. To deny our bodies rest is to take a chance on hurting ourselves, having burn outs, and possibly producing long term injuries. Our bodies need rest. The health benefits outweigh the risk.
Rest the mind.
Take time to rest the mind. This is the moment each day that we set and think about nothing. We clear our thoughts, slow our breathing, and focus on nothing. There is an Old Zen saying that states that we should meditate for 20 minutes a day, unless we are too busy; then we should meditate for an hour. I’m not sure if this is really an Old Zen saying, but the message is dead on. Clearing our mind helps us to focus. It has been known to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and prevent heart disease. There is a huge plus side to resting the mind.
Rest the soul.
Just as our bodies and mind need rest, so does our soul. We need to remove all turmoil and strife from our daily activities. For me, this is my alone time. It’s just me and my wife. We don’t argue or bicker. There are times that we don’t see eye to eye and we both understand that’s normal. Because of this, she is the only person I like to have around when I want to be alone. During this time we do not interact much. We can spend a whole day together in the house and the only words spoken are “I love you.” I make sure I say this at least 10 times a day. Being in a stress free environment is essential to having a healthy soul. For me, living slower has also brought my soul more peace. Living in a fast pace world will only bring more stress. Take the time to slow down, but don’t stop. I walk slow when I shop. People are in a hustle and bustle, and that’s fine for them. As for me, I find my inner peace. The soul is more fragile than we realize. We should find peace more often in order to rest our souls.
Rest is the one thing that we are quick to deny ourselves. Some may think we are being lazy. Too much rest will make us lazy. However, not enough rest can have dire effects. There is a balance. We need to find that balance for a better body, mind, and soul.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and may we always have time for rest.