Intent of the Day: Time to Rest and Heal

fullsizerenderResting can sounds like weakness. Those who really have what it takes never have to stop, right? In Western culture, we are taught the value of working harder and longer. It seems, as a result, we have forgotten the importance of resting. When we think we should keep going, remember that we are biologically wired to have need downtime. What happens when we don’t sleep? Frankly, it gets scary. So today our intent is to take the time we need to rest and heal.

You too? Here are 3 resources to help:

  • This list of amazing things your body does while you sleep.
    When you start to get sick, the impulse might be to push through it. Suck it up. If you don’t slow down, you can’t get sick, right? Instead, the best thing to help combat a cold might be to double up on rest. Your body does a lot of work while you sleep to heal tissue and fight unwanted guests like cold germs and viruses. Need convincing? Check out the WebMD article here.

 

  • These wise words from Thich Nhat Hanh.
    Resting doesn’t equal lazy. Resting doesn’t mean wasted time. Resting is a non-negotiable for a healthy and active life. The ability go means the requirement of rest and that is a good thing.

We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal.
-Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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