"I will give you rest" Matthew 11:28
Hello! It's been awhile!
I attended a retreat through the Catholic church on LSU’s campus a few weeks ago. I didn’t know I was attending until three hours before...that’s right three hours. God really wanted me to go on this retreat.
The theme was “I will give you rest.” Rest. Who doesn’t need that in life?
Resting is more than closing your eyes and going to sleep. I have trouble with resting in the midst of a packed schedule. My goal after the retreat was learning how to rest. Finally, I found that these four internal actions are the easiest way to rest.
Resign from your surroundings.
In order to rest, you must start by taking yourself out of the chaos of life. Notice that you are not the sum of the swirling society around. Allow yourself the chance to become the eye of the hurricane.
Empty your mind.
Forget about your to-do list. Our bodies are not made to multi-task! According to Psychology Today, we never multitask. We only switch tasks quickly which is so much harder on our brain. This makes it even more necessary to rest.
Still your heart.
Allow your emotions to dissolve. Slow your heart rate by breathing in and out as steady as possible. Call out to God, "Be still my heart!" Asking God to help us to sink into his holy peace is a beautiful plea.
Take a moment.
Your moment may be a minute or a few hours. Remember that God exists outside of time and so should our spirit. Our moment should consists of anything that gives us a peek into God's presence whether in silence, in prayer, or in yoga.
Sometimes I feel awful about taking a break because I equate it with procrastination. This feeling is falling into the trap of our busy society. A happy medium lies between rest and procrastination. They are not the same. I am constantly telling myself, "you cannot pour out from an empty cup." We need to spiritually feed ourselves before extending our services to others.
We must strive for rest to receive peace. The peace of God's presence is waiting for us to take part abundantly. Even God, the inexhaustible creator, rested on the seventh day. You are worthy of rest!
Peace and Namaste,