“Your body cannot heal if it’s racing about.”
–Dr. Ann Webster, director of the renowned Mind Body Program for Cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Benson-Henry Institute.
Rest not only nurtures the body, but it gives the mind time to integrate new ways of being.
Doing “nothing” often seems counterproductive to those of us who are used to feeling a sense of achievement from task-oriented activities.
Yet, by stopping to refuel, we become acquainted with our inner sense of worth. These “pit stops” help open us to enjoy a fuller expression of ourselves.
In times of transition especially—like changing jobs, launching a new business, grieving the loss of a loved one, moving, or starting or ending a relationship—rest is most beneficial. It renews our spirit and also gives us fresh insights prompted by the external change so we can recalibrate accordingly.
This summer, as you take time to play and enjoy the outdoors (as my friends in New England are doing; those of us in Arizona may be hibernating more inside during our heat waves), savor times of doing nothing.
Rest in knowing downtime is one of the most valuable gifts you can yourself, even it is makes you squirm a little at first to get acquainted with the treasures that lie within.
If, by chance, you are unable to give yourself permission to rest, ask: “What am I running from?” That one question can ground you into observing the emotions that may need to be felt or expressed. Befriend them instead of distracting yourself with busyness. These feelings often provide great clues about your needs at this juncture in life.
Rest is also a time to be playful. Sit under the stars at night and stare up at the sky, or eat a picnic dinner by a riverbank and watch the sunset.
Happy first day of summer! May today’s Summer Solstice (time varies according to location; in Arizona it starts at 3:34 p.m.) usher in a new season of rebirth for you.
P.S.—I’d love to hear about all the places you rest and renew if you’re inspired to share in the “leave a reply” section at the end of this blog post!
The beautiful graphic pictured above was created by the talented Beth Shedd of PhotOptimist. She shot the photo at Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA, which was one of my favorite spots to lead walking sessions with clients when I lived back East.
Gail Kauranen Jones is an intuitive coach, gifted wordsmith and inspiring teacher who has been leading others through transformation for more than twenty years. She is the author of two books, Cancer as a Love Story: Developing the Mindset for Living, and To Hell and Back…Healing Your Way through Transition. Both books were met with rave reviews on Amazon and elsewhere.
She recently appeared as a guest “worthiness coach” on CBS TV’s award-winning talk show The Doctors and on Sirius FM Radio. Her articles and “tips” on worthiness have also appeared several times in Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper.
She has taught many leading-edge workshops at top spas and wellness centers. She now leads Zoom group coaching programs and is a guest speaker at many related events.
Gail lives a passionate and simple life writing, hiking, connecting in meaningful ways, aligning in joyful collaboration and thriving in nature.