Allow yourself to rest. Your soul speaks to you in the quiet moments in between your thoughts. –Anonymous
Some people I know tend to overdo, then they have to spend a day in bed, recovering their strength. They sometimes bemoan having to be sick for a day, and some of them wonder why they are feeling so sick just now, when they have so much to accomplish. I could tell them, but they’re too busy to listen.
If you stress your body out, the body is going to start shutting down, and the result is that you will have to take a rest. Sure, you could have rested before, but you didn’t, so the body forces you to “take five.”
We need to rest for another reason. When we are still and quiet, when our bodies are at rest and the little voice in our head is quiet for a change, we are able to reflect on our lives. This is the time we process some of the things that have happened in the past, and figure out what we’d like to accomplish in the future. It is also a time when wisdom from our “higher selves” can be received and interpreted.
This year, in her annual Christmas Message to the people of Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth II emphasized the importance of taking time to reflect. “We all need to get the balance right, between action and reflection,” she said. “With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock. Be it through contemplation, prayer or even keeping a diary, many have found the practice of quiet personal reflection surprisingly rewarding, even discovering greater spiritual depth to their lives.” Later in the broadcast she said, “For Christians, as for all people of faith, reflection, meditation and prayer help us to renew ourselves to God’s love as we strive daily to become better people.”
If prayer and daily journaling are forms of talking to God, reflection, meditation and contemplation are ways of listening to God. “Each is a response to the call of Soul. Each represents an individual’s desire to contact the source of all truth. Different paths to reach the same goal,” says Harold Klemp, the Spiritual Leader of Eckankar. When we take time out of our busy schedules to do this, we are re-affirming the importance of God in our lives. We are declaring to the Universe our intention to accept Divine help and guidance in our lives.
When do you like to reflect? Some people like to do this early in the morning, when others are still sleeping and the house is quiet. Others prefer to take time to reflect just before going to sleep. Busy mothers may wish to schedule their reflection time during their child’s afternoon nap time. Whatever works in your daily life, take some quiet time each day to reflect and to listen for inner guidance in your life. 🙂