“Solitude is not a port to drop anchor, but only a port to rest for a while!” ~Mehmet Murat ildan
My shoulder is healing from the overuse and abuse I had given it this summer. But I am realizing that I still must rest in order to heal. That means I will still be away from the computer….writing, blogging, reading posts, etc.
I am hoping to return in October. I might publish a picture or two to stay in touch a bit as I do hate being away.
In the meantime, I will continue to visit blogs as I can. I have also turned off the comments for this post so I am not tempted to respond, and delay my recuperation. Take care, and enjoy the late summer or whatever the season in your part of the world!
How sweet it is has been to make your acquaintance. For years, Sleep and I were great friends, but then I let Stress take her place. And without Sleep, I was doomed to health issues. But oh Rest you know this all too well, don’t you?
So I had to tell Stress to back off as he was smothering me. But Sleep has not yet forgiven me, I fear. And our relationship cannot be the same, it seems. But I found you dear Rest. And I realized even though Nap and I don’t usually get along, I have you to help me heal.
Rest, you come to me wearing many costumes, engaged in many scenarios. Sometimes in PJs, we do nothing but watch an old movie….such sweet bliss. And in our most comfortable yoga pants, you envelop me dear Rest, as we sit together in nature drinking in all that surrounds us. Or under our garden hats, digging in the soft earth, picking a flower or pulling a weed….yes you are beside me, dear one. There are times, too, that I just need to have you close by, as I breathe slowly and deeply in the moment.
Oh, there are so many sides to your personality, dearest Rest. And I am enjoying getting to know each one intimately!
Each April I participate in a month long challenge from Susannah Conway called, April Love;extending love and kindness to ourselves. And each day in April we were challenged to write love letters given a specific topic.
I enjoyed writing these letters. But had no idea that I would use some as poems, until I read, Rosemary’s Blog, where she talked about the Poetry of Letters:
Did you know that there is a category of poems called “epistolary poems,” that the Academy of American Poets describes this way: “Epistolary poems, from the Latin “epistula” for “letter,” are, quite literally, poems that read as letters. As poems of direct address, they can be intimate and colloquial or formal and measured. The subject matter can range from philosophical investigation to a declaration of love to a list of errands, and epistles can take any form, from heroic couplets to free verse.”
And once I read this, I knew I would transform some of my Love Letters into these epistolary poems. I hope you enjoy these poems that I will post at least once a month. The pictures here are of places I love to Rest.
“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” ~Alan Cohen
It has been a delightful winter, not too much snow or cold….just enough to enjoy! And in winter, I like to do a lot of writing, and some other projects. All of which can make me a bit tired. So I have decided to take a rest, and will be away from my blog for the next couple of weeks.
I will return on March 10th with a Wildlife Lessons post. And my poetry posts will be back on March 13th.
While I’m away, I leave you with another thought about rest and taking a break. Feel free to download the photo and share.
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I am not sure I totally agree that change can be restful. When our lives go through so much change, we need a period of rest afterwards to replenish our weary bodies and minds. Our lives can be so overwhelming at times. So much coming at us.
And yet there are times when my life feels stuck….repeating the same things over and over….boredom sets in and what I need is a change to refresh myself. And in these times change can bring about the feeling of rest. A change of scenery, a change in routine or interacting with different people. These all can invigorate me on many levels.
It is important to take care of our total health; body, mind and spirit. But we can’t always just take a trip or be away from our busy lives. In these times for me, I carve out just 10 minutes and go to one of my special spots. Those places that refresh me as soon as I enter, like my garden. You might also have a special spot. A hot bath, a favorite chair in which to meditate, a walk to a local park nearby, maybe even a nap. All can bring about the rest and change we seek…we crave…we need.
The seasonal changes can also bring about that change we desire. Sometimes the change may be from a resting state to a reawakening as with the coming of spring. And other times, it is the need to slow down. I think that is why I love to see Autumn come.
With Autumn my senses come to life as I observe first subtle changes of leaf color around me. And then I watch nature take hold as she prepares to rest….all her critters calling to me to come with them and partake in this time to slumber. For me it is like going to a spa, or participating in a prolonged meditation. I feel the same benefits.
And rest is essential if we are to revitalize ourselves from time to time. We can become so busy living our lives that we miss the signals our bodies give us…..subtle at first and then sometimes a hard hit to make us notice that we have been doing too much…..going faster, harder, longer.
Without the time to slow down and be gentle with ourselves, we will use up our energy and compromise our health. Just finding 10 minutes once a day can work wonders. A little chunk of time where we can turn our compassion inward upon ourselves, and give ourselves the gift of rest.
Do you give yourself this gift of rest and renewal? What works for you?
Special Note: The pictures here are of Autumn scenes from my garden last year, as nature prepares to rest and turn her energies inward to replenish herself.