The ability to refresh yourself, whether it comes with sleep, food, contemplation or play, lies in importance at the same level as the need for stimulation, activity, achievement or challenge.
When we cook meat, we know to let it rest for five or so minutes before we cut into it, thus allowing the flavor and liquids to resettle themselves among the tissues. The flavor doesn't drip onto the cutting board and we are allowed to savor it, deeply enjoying
David Whyte has said "To rest is to become present in a different way than through action, and especially to give up on the will as the prime motivator of endeavor, with its endless outward need to reward itself through established goals." Isn't that lovely? Allowing something other than achievement to be the carrot and the stick that moves us along. I remember someone telling me once about an artist that had applied for a sabbatical saying that what he wanted to do with his time was "to indulge in creative indolence...." and he got the grant!
Let me be someone's blessing today.
We need to remember to occasionally remove all the STUFF, the stimulation, clutter, lists, agendas, activities, behaviors, things..............be still, watch or close your eyes, but think about LESS than you were thinking about 5 minutes ago. Find SILENCE.