by Naomi on September 11, 2010

in Inspiration

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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 🙂

LITTLE YELLOW FLOWER - Ramabanta Lodge, Lesotho

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

the WORST mother September 11, 2010 at 1:28 pm

gorgeous, beautiful, lovely. and i’m stealing the first quote and putting it on FB. thank you for the reminder to simply ‘rest’. Lin 😉


Naomi September 11, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Thank you, Lin – also for the inspiration from your post, suggesting we cease to constantly chase happiness 🙂


Jingle September 11, 2010 at 2:11 pm



Naomi September 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Thank you, sweet Jingle 🙂


Lance September 11, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Naomi, I just love this today!

I am getting ready to travel tomorrow – and this is really so good to let soak into my soul…and to just take some time to “be”….

And those “gathering of experiences”….so, so good….


Naomi September 11, 2010 at 2:50 pm

How wonderful, Lance, thank you for leaving such a lovely message!

Wishing you beautiful travels and experiences 🙂


nrhatch September 11, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I’m with Peck . . . Don’t just do something. Sit there.

Lovely reminder, Naomi.


Naomi September 11, 2010 at 4:49 pm

LOL!! Thanks for that, Nancy 😀


RiikaInfinityy 마왕 September 11, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Beautiful and lovely!:D~ Your images always brighter up my days :3 ~

And here is an award for you, it is time to spread the happiness! ^^~


Naomi September 11, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Thank you, Riika, you’re a honey! What a lovely award and beautiful things that make you happy 🙂


kateshrewsday September 11, 2010 at 9:34 pm

A timely reminder, Naomi. Thanks so much:-)


Naomi September 12, 2010 at 7:53 am

Any time, Kate, thank you for appreciating 🙂


buttercup600 September 11, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Thanks for posting this…just wonderful and loved the quotes 🙂 xx


Naomi September 12, 2010 at 7:53 am

Always a pleasure, Amanda – enjoy your Sunday 🙂 xx


nrhatch September 12, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Your words are as beautiful as your photos . . .

“That struggle to relinquish the tension of time dissolves into an absence of its importance.”

Gorgeous, and true.


nrhatch September 12, 2010 at 3:52 pm

I do realize that I commented on this yesterday, but I kept thinking about it and came back for another look.

Such inspiring perspective.


Naomi September 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Thank you again. Your appreciation is treasured 🙂


Naomi September 12, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Ah…thank you, Nancy. That means a lot, especially coming from such a great writer 🙂


Jamie Dedes September 13, 2010 at 6:05 am

Good question. Good quotes. Good post. Well done! Thank you…


Naomi September 13, 2010 at 7:57 am

…thank YOU 🙂


Tokeloshe September 13, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Good post, quotes, beautiful flower and it’s good to know you do Yoga.



Naomi September 14, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Thank you, Tok…and I take it you do too 🙂 Awesome practise!


Cindy December 15, 2010 at 4:31 am

Fantastic 🙂


Naomi December 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Thank you 🙂


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