Friday, June 19, 2020

Seeking Rest in Nature


A little over a year ago I came across Saundra Dalton's book "Sacred Rest" and it was a game changer in how I go about my day to day and how I set up rhythms and routines with a more natural flow.

What is rest?  What does it look like, what does it mean, how do we achieve it?

Did you know that sleeping is only one piece of rest?  It is the only passive rest our bodies need, but it is only one piece of the puzzle.  There are 6 other areas of rest, active rest, that our bodies need.  Saundra identifies the seven rests as: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, creative, and sensory.

I highly encourage you to take a look, at the very least, her website and give the Rest Quiz a try (https://ichoosemybestlife.com/quiz/rest-quiz-test/).  And if you want to dig in more the book will help with that.  But the quiz is a good place to start as it gives you a base of where things are at and direction to head.  

After reading through the book I was able to get all areas in a more harmonious place.  I had found my natural ebb and flow, the rhythm that felt in sync.

But in March I got thrown off a bit.  With each day I was pulled away from the rhythm and fell out of sync.  Even more so in the past few weeks.

So last week I spent an entire week in nature.  From the time I woke and even as I slept I immersed myself in my surroundings.  The water, the breeze, the woods, the frogs, and more.  It was what my mind, body, and soul needed and still does.  So much so that I am trying to carry that with me when I am home, out and about in the day to day.

This week I am working on a reset and setting myself up to rediscover that natural rhythm that goes with my natural ebb and flow. In the coming days, weeks I will share more on this and the journey on the blog and in the newsletter.

I am still setting things up and really taking a deeper look inward.  Letting myself free, heal, release, and be real.  I know what I need to do and have the systems to put it into action, but yet I am dragging my heals.  I am going to uncover the deeper why and become fully alive.

As I have told my kids and they will say, the only constant is change.  So many changes lately, now it is time to reset in my grounding spot, rebuild where needed, and grow.

Where do you seek rest?  What is your mind, body, and soul telling you?  Are you ready to listen?



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