Hi, loyal readers! Can you believe we are halfway through the year! So much has occurred since January that I want to summarize the journey thus far. For me, the beginning of the year was a time when I evaluated what I learned and applied in my life from the previous year. Introspection was necessary to determine the path that I would take for this year. Hopefully, you did the same. If not, it is never too late to do it!
Took time to analyze what was productive and had positive results. Decided what needed to change so there would be a realignment moving forward this year. February was a necessary analysis inventory shift in my time, relationships, and projects. Why is this important? If you don’t, you will be overwhelmed and distraught. There have to be a balance in your life.
It must start and end with rest! I am emphasizing it because of the importance of this topic. The definition of rest in the Webster Dictionary is to cease work or movement to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength. The word rest is a verb. A verb describes an action. Is it amazing that you are using action when you rest.
How so? You are allowing yourself to shift to renew and revive your whole being. Rest will replenish your thought process, your emotions, and your body back in gear. It gives you time to enjoy nature, listen to music which sooths the soul, and have the pleasure of sleep. Doesn’t that sound AMAZING? You will certainly spring back a new YOU!
Physical rest is to take moments of napping, sleeping, stretching, and even massages to remove toxins in the body. Sensory rest is to intentionally unplug for external stimulants such as cell phones, Facebook, and background noises for a determined time daily. Mental and emotional rest provides new ideas, new perspectives, and new outlooks when you schedule moments to reflect on what is going on with you. Write your doubts, concerns, and care on paper. You will be transferring it from your mind which will give you time for rest.
Spiritual rest is critical because it permits the ability to connect beyond the physical, emotional, and mental. It will give you a deep sense of belonging, love, acceptance, and purpose. How can you achieve this? Through prayer, meditation of God’s word, moments of reflections, or engaging in community affairs in your plan. Now, I do understand that this will not happen overnight. However, when taken bit by bit, your life will NOT be the Same!!
“In peace (and with a tranquil heart) I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety and confident trust.” Psalms 4:8
Peace, Love, and Joy!
Sandra Ivette Miranda