Updated: Jan 3, 2020
Rest is not a passive pursuit, but rather an active one.
We often mistake resting as sleep or laying around doing nothing, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
There is intention associated with rest.
The very word recreation comes from the term ‘to re create’.
Re creation, being this period where you’re able to rejuvenate.
There’s a sense of release, a letting go, making space for something new to emerge.
Something stronger, more resilient, better equipped to confront the challenges each day inevitably brings
At its core, it’s a kind of a death and rebirth.
There’s action, motion, a breaking down and a building up again.
Coming home and ‘checking out’ is not resting.
To the contrary, at that point, you may not be tired at all, but instead just experiencing a sense of ‘low energy’.
This is very different.
We know that heat is energy, so in this case, you should be moving, not laying around doing nothing.
So even in rest, you should be active.
There should be some challenge, struggle, some opportunity for growth.
This is where the recreation (or re creation) occurs.
Allowing you to re-emerge each time more energised, more focused, more motivated and yet more relaxed.
So be intentional even about your rest time, don’t simply ‘check out’ and expect it to make a difference.
This is the epitome of not only living a balanced life, but also living an intentional one.