Respite ↔ Reason
What drives us sometimes to resist respite, like toddlers fighting the urge to sleep? Such as prior to traveling, when every possible responsibility crowds the mind. This was the case last week, while I planned for Lesotho. Yet the sweetness of the let-go is all-encompassing. Every time. Lying on the sun-splashed lawn, everything but the present faded into insignificance. So why the conflict? It’s like entering into creative flow. That struggle to relinquish the tension of time dissolves into an absence of its importance.
Observing myself today, I become aware that the same can be said about exercise. Prioritising it above other pressures of life requires self-discipline. Peculiar really, since the benefits seep far deeper than bones, straight into soul. ‘Relax your face…take a deep breath and sigh it out.’ Pat’s peaceful words permeate our cells, touching a place of total Respite. I realize that it shares a home with Reason, giving rise to renewed perspective.
Quotes to consider:
“Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.” – John De Paola
“Art is a spiritual, immaterial respite from the hardships of life” – Fernando Botero
“I have a very full and busy life and occasionally I am asked, Scotty, how can you do all that you do? The most telling reply I can give is: Because I spend at least two hours a day doing nothing.” – M. Scott Peck
“One must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life.” – Henry David Thoreau
“It is familiarity with life that makes time speed quickly. When everyday is a step in the unknown, as for children, the days are long with gathering of experience.” – George Gissing
In line with that last quote, Patricia (our yoga instructor this morning) suggested experiencing our bodies in a spirit of adventure. Respite can similarly invite delight, such as this miniature flower that shimmered ‘hello’ on the Ramabanta lawn 🙂
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