This is part 6 of a 7 part podcast series on Creating the Life You Love. You can find the previous episodes here!
Summer is a great time to talk about our need for rest. We live crazy busy lives and often don’t realize the toll it’s taking on us until it’s too late. I hope this episode on rest will encourage you to make time for activities that fill you up instead of deplete you. Learn to live your life with more margin for your health and well being and for the sake of those you love the most. I address physical, mental, and spiritual rest and give some practical tips on making space in your life for the people and things you love the most! Hope you enjoy!
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- What true rest is not and what’s at stake if we don’t cultivate this virtue
- The basis of rest is worship
- Rest is a gift that must be received
3 Ways to RECEIVE rest
1) Physical Rest—Get more actual sleep. Go to bed earlier SANS electronics. Vigorous exercise helps. Natural Calm helps. Getting up early helps.
When we really let our minds rest contemplatively on a rose in a bud, on a child at play, on a divine mystery, we are rested and quickened as though by a dreamless sleep. Or as the Book of Job says, “God giveth songs in the night” (Job 35:10) Moreover, it has always been a pious belief that God sends his good gifts and his blessings in sleep. And in the same way his great, imperishable intuitions visit a man in his moments of leisure. It is in these silent and receptive moments that the soul of man is sometimes visited by the awareness of what holds the world together.” ~Josef Pieper
2) Mental Rest—Cull what you can from your life that is causing you the most stress.
3) Spiritual Rest—God invented rest. It was His idea and He gives us the gift of rest in Him.
Resources and Links
- Margin by Richard Swenson
- Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper
- Only the Lover Sings by Josef Pieper
- How to Create More Margin in Your Life by Michael Hyatt
- Teaching from a State of Rest, video with Andrew Kern
I’d love to know your tricks for making space in your life for the best things.