My dear friend and I were talking a while ago about rest, personality, and the sometimes inability to take the rest our bodies and minds might need.
I was thinking more about that after last week’s blog post, and this heat wave that has been inundating the DC area…the importance of movement, the importance of change, and the importance of rest. I was thinking about how to move our bodies in new and different ways…and how that manifests itself in my own body and mind….and the importance of rest, always, but especially in times when the weather is hard on our bodies and our minds.
I told you all a while ago that I got myself a fitbit, and it’s been a great tool for informing me about my own movement practices…and yet, I find myself, with that information at hand, less willing to take days of pure, unadulterated rest. While that tool has been helpful in many areas of my life, it has been detrimental in that particular area.
I wonder how that permission to rest might manifest in each of our lives. I wonder how it might feel to cultivate a willingness to take days and times of rest…for many of us I think it will have to be a cultivation, and will not come naturally in our culture. Perhaps that rest manifests itself in taking days off of movement, perhaps it manifests itself in taking days off of work and putting work fully to the side for a time. Perhaps it’s taking intentional time away from those around us, even if we love them dearly. Perhaps it’s a mixture of all three.
My dear friends, I hope you are able to see the ways you can integrate rest more fully in your lives this week, and you are able to cultivate that practice.
Have an amazing week, my friends.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!