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  • Writer's pictureJen Kranjec

True Rest

What actually is rest?


Because we can surely stop doing things on the outside and not feel like we’re resting


Maybe our body has stopped but our mind is going going going


Or we’re scrolling scrolling scrolling


Or streaming streaming streaming


You get the point


Sometimes even when we try to rest, it’s hard to deeply rest.


I like to think of true rest as rest that leaves me feeling restored, rejuvenated, renewed in some way. Even if small.


True rest doesn't have to be long. 


It just wants to be deep.


I can feel restored in 5 minutes or 5 breaths.


If in these moments there is a deep letting go in the body, a letting go of heaviness, and a letting in of new energy


~


Deep within us is a well.


A well in which we can touch in, and restore.


When we’re busy in the life things, we’re giving of ourselves. 


We’re giving from our well stores.


We’re in the doing of life.


Which is a beautiful thing. 


We are here to do. To make, to create, to give.


Yet, we are first just here.


Here to be.


We are here being.


And from here, we can do.


But many of us are so disconnected from our essential being


That we get stuck in the doing


We don’t know how to truly stop.


And be.


To touch into the well


And rest.


No one ever taught us 


Our culture didn’t show us.


And so we feel stuck in this subtle forward momentum of doing


Searching


Striving


Seeking


Entertaining


We may feel a restlessness, an anxiety, a drain.


And that is totally

Normal


Of course we would feel that way if disconnected from our home base.


Perhaps we’re actually searching for this place to rest.


The closer we get the more anxious we may feel, as if the vibrating of our cells is signaling close proximity to something important.


And what if I told you that there is a place right here within you to


let  it  all


go


There is a place within you below all the doing


And you can feel into it intuitively 


It's a deep relaxation


An Okayness


In your being 


You’ve touched into it many a times before ~


Awestruck by a beautiful sunset


Gazing into the eyes of a lover as you fall in love


The first moments sinking into a cozy hot tub


Watching your children run and play and laugh…


These moments when life feels totally ok


Whatever the circumstances,


They simply evoked this place within you that is always and already Ok, and at rest


And now the key to bringing this into our experience more and more


I’ve found,


Is meditation.


And stay with me,


Meditation can mean many different things.


In this moment I want you to think of meditation as the practice of making space for all of the content of experience to be exactly as it 


The thoughts, stories, sensations 


Noticing noticing


And making space ~


"Yes this is here


This belongs


My reaction to it


That too


That belongs."


In this practice of including


I am noticing all that I don’t actually have to identify with


or become fixated on


Every time I can release my internal grip on a thought, a belief, a sensation by noticing


I am relaxing into being.


Our beingness is below all of the coming and going


So when we can make space for our comings and goings


To come and go


When are reconnecting 


To this vaster field of ourselves which holds it all.


And it's in that opening when we experience True Rest


No longer griping at life


But opening ourselves to it


To the flow of life


We sink down into our being and touch the well


Which can restore us even if for a moment.

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