You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is available direct from the publisher, and also on Amazon.com.
In can be difficult in our everyday world to find quiet restfulness, peace and tranquility – to find true repose.
There is so much that demands our attention. There are deadlines to meet, activities to be undertaken, decisions to be made.
With all this activity, how is it possible to find repose? Is it even necessary?
It is possible to carry on each day with activity after activity – with nothing but movement. And when we do we find that there are still more demands, still more that needs to be done.
It is possible to live life this way – but it is not desirable.
Because out of repose comes greater self-awareness and fulfillment. Even if it seems that nothing constructive was achieved, the act of being in mindful repose is effective in itself.
Stopping from our activities can be hard – it can seem like a failure to stop what we are doing, and do nothing. But in that state of peace of the body, we can find peace of the mind. Just as our physical body needs the escape of sleep, so our spirit needs repose to re-charge itself.
The mind is a wonderful thing – it will continue to work away at resolving problems long after they have finished. It also keeps on planning the future and trying to anticipate where we are going.
This happens whether we are conscious of it or not, and often this busyness of our brains can seep over into our physical activities too.
But all of this activity is wearing on what I call our spirit; that part of that is uniquely us.
We need activity, but we also need peace. We need thought, but we also need inner quiet.
Balance is once again the key here – to take no mental or physical activity is clearly detrimental to us, but so too is too much.
In all our lives we need time for repose for our mind and body. To keep pushing on may seem the best that can be done, but sometimes the best we can do is to rest.
And often, out of that time of quiet repose comes renewed vigor a new outlook on a problem.
Most importantly, repose can re-energize us in our journey to true contentment.