Deep rest is important. It's built into our world and we override it at our peril. Simple rhythms of 'work, rest and play', as the Mars bar advert used to say, help us to function at our holistic and healthy best. And they certainly enable our clear thinking and creativity. Which is why I'm about to take a sabbatical. I'm fortunate to be taking time out from daily life to steep myself in rhythms of prayer and rest. And hopefully the outcome will be not just a renewal of my mind and body but also some productive writing.
Virginia Woolf once famously said, "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write".
I realise that not everyone can take a big chunk of time out of their life in this way. But we can begin with small chunks. On the cusp of this new year, it's worth asking yourself the question -
what one thing can I change or let go of to free up time for a little more deep rest in my life?
Give some thought to that question. Your health will thank you for it.
For now ... I'm going under the radar for a while. I'll be in that 'room of my own' at Penhurst. I'll see you when I'm on the other side.
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