When I rest, I feel so good, such that I don't know why I don't rest more. Summertime, for many, brings a slowdown. I pray that you will use this slowdown to rest your minds, bodies and souls this summer.
Rabbi Abraham Heschel reminds us, "Labor is a craft, but perfect rest is an art. Rest or sabbath is a palace in time we build. It's practice for eternity." Rest, he says, "is not an interlude but the climax of living. Humans are no beasts of burden." p. 14-15, The Sabbath
Your life is too precious, your family too dear, your calling too essential, your creativity too necessary to be chronically diminished by exhaustion. Rest is one way to reject this world's commodification of humanity.
This summer, go back to the places, the books, the embraces or the quiet that replenishes you. Or, find new ways to just rest!
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