• Michael Dahdal

The Wrong Time For Rest

Updated: Jan 10, 2020

Rest seems like a pretty simple concept, and in many ways it is.

But the way that we have come to understand and use rest may actually be doing you more harm than good.

You see, many people misconstrue low energy for tiredness resulting in resting, when in fact they should be cultivating (building) energy.

It seems pretty natural to come home from work after a long day and want to do nothing, you may in actual fact feel drained and you most probably are.

But drained doesn’t necessarily mean tired.

And you’re drained of what exactly?

Well, you’re drained of energy and when you’re drained of energy, the logical thing to do is to ‘recharge’.

This is where is gets interesting.

Heat is energy, so instead of stillness and sitting around doing nothing, what you probably should be doing at this point is actually moving and generating heat.

Building your fire, cultivating energy and then letting it burn.

It’s only after you’ve built the energy, then burnt it, that real exhaustion may begin to set in, allowing you to rest, but rest properly.

This is what I find people get wrong about ‘finding balance’.

People tend to equate balance with only stillness, with having only that sense of peace in mind.

But that’s not how balance actually works in nature.

Balance is about the interplay between movement and stillness, fire and water, joy and sadness, stress and calmness.