A time to rest

Nantucket REST photo“After putting yourself on the line in a big way, take a step back, rest and integrate the new you who is coming to life.”

—Gail Kauranen Jones, Life Coach & Author

We go “to the line” in many ways.  Sometimes, risking entails bringing forth a new dream or relationship.  Other times, we become courageous by asserting our needs, setting a boundary or speaking our truth to someone who needs to hear our words.

Lately, I’ve been putting myself on the line in many big ways, from making visible the “calling” about my private healing journey to giving speeches and steadily networking as I build momentum for delivering my dream.

I also did a few other bold things lately like ask for help and share a few of my vulnerabilities.

Now, after consistently and steadily stretching out of my comfort zone, I am opting to rest a bit—to take in all of who I am becoming and also all that I have let go of as I stake my claim to a new, more expansive life.

For those of you who are also feeling “stretched,” I’ve collected a few of my favorite quotes about resting.

“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”

Alan Cohen 

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“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”

–Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now.

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“Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other – activity in rest and rest in activity – is the ultimate freedom.”

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar 

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 1.   I allow myself to rest.

2.  I allow myself to find the balance between outer action and inner silence.

3.  I allow myself to make time to integrate “the new” in my life.


Beth Shedd’s photo of a sandy Nantucket hiking path reminds her of the peaceful ‘rest’ that comes to her when she is alone in nature.


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  • Kim says:

    So very true!!!! And creativity comes from rest!!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Indeed it does, Kim…I come up with my best ideas on days “off” or walking in silence without a cellphone (which is one of my forms of rest). Gail

  • Great advice Gail! So many of us don’t take the time to allow ourselves to just be for a bit. This seems to be a time for many people to “stretch”. Several friends are on a journey to finding their new selves and who they want to be for the rest of their life, myself included. Maybe something in the Universe!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks, Gail–yes it does seem to be a universal trend, especially among baby boomers, many of whom I have witnessed wanting to doing something more meaningful–or even just plain fun! No more wasting time on meaningless or unfulfilling ventures. Gail

  • Dawn says:

    Fabulous post. Sharing with a small group of my girlfriends we all need to embrace this. Thanks for your continued sharing and insight. I honor your jump into vulnerability. It’s not easy. Still working on it myself 🙂 My favorite things about your posts Gail are the belief tips. Thank you!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks, Dawn: Our society places too much emphasis on outer productivity, when often, are greatest “work” comes from stillness, where in “being” we are becoming more of our true selves. Glad my blog inspired you to share with others–and appreciate the feedback on the belief tips. Hope you have a restful day:) Gail

  • Linda says:

    Down time! There is nothing more critical for our continued well-being than that.
    A message that can never be heard enough and thank you for reminding us so beautifully.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks, Linda: And like your thought, “there is nothing more critical for our continued well-being” than downtime! Hooray…permission to just “be” for awhile:) Gail

  • diane polley says:

    Your post was perfect timing! I lugged a chair onto the deck yesterday afternoon and just sat with my eyes closed enjoying the sunshine and the wind’s soft embrace. Was totally present in the moment. Ended up refreshed and better able to handle the chaos and uncertainty in my life right now. We all need to be reminded that there is a time and place for both work and rest – never compromise yourself.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Diane: Thanks for sharing how getting relaxed into the present moment by RESTING helped you handle the chaos and uncertainty–which so many are feeling these days. I also like your comment: “never compromise yourself.” We honor ourselves by listening to our bodies’ and souls’ needs to rest. Gail

  • Interesting, when I was reading your blog and saw the word “silence”, I thought also of the word, “resilience”.
    The words look very similar.
    rest in silence to recuperate….resilience is to recover or adjust to change or stress
    Stretching, reaching outside our comfort zones.

    Thank you for making me stop, think and ponder. I call days where I do nothing….perhaps brush my teeth, wash my face + comb my hair, ” MY MENTAL HEALTH DAY”. I try to create one per month.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Ann Marie: What a clever observation of the similarity between “silence” and “resilience.” And thanks for sharing your monthly “Mental Health Day” commitment. To more days of “doing nothing” — or at least 20 minute stretches daily of “rest.” Gail

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