Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Rest and Resistance.


Visiting around other blogs, I'm reading a lot about loving kindness, self-care and the need for rest. Another blogger and well-known author, Jen Louden, has even gone on a month long, self-imposed internet sabbatical.

I want to sink into this idea like I sink my toes into soft, cool, sand.

All this internet input is wonderful, but can it become a burden, distraction, energy drain that saps away creativity? Can your head love the internet while your heart gets lost along the way? Is it procrastination to rest your mind, so your soul can speak and be heard? Why if rest, space, quiet is the way back to the heart of creation, do we resist it so strongly?

Many questions, here. I'd love to say I have the answers. I don't.

I do have glimmers, though. Those times when I do allow myself to rest in the valley of the unknown long enough to hear the whispers of longing and ideas. I see the faces in the clouds and trees. I feel the energy underfoot. I learn about stories that have yet to be told.

The clay calls to me. The metal shimmers with possibility and the shadows reveal scenes longing to be released.

Then, my mind resists the pull of my heart. Product gets pushed in front of process. Comparison and competition and fear shake me from my rest.

Don't you just hate that? I do.

Do you resist rest? How do you deal with it?

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4 comments:

Molly Hall said...

What a beautiful post! Thank you! Yes, I resist rest. And I haven't thought to consider what message is underneath my procrastination. Thank you for the wonderful insights and questions.

惠NorrisBradwell041花 said...

Subtlety is better than force. ......................................................................

Susan Gallacher-Turner and Michael Turner said...

Molly,
Thank you so much. I, too, still resist rest. I think for me, what's underneath my procrastination is fear.

Sorry it took me so long to respond, I forget to check back here.

Susan Gallacher-Turner and Michael Turner said...

Norris,
I agree...and great idea...be subtle rather than forceful. Let's try sneaking up on rest.