The spiritual purpose of sleep is to refurbish in order for you to create. Gregge Tiffen (The Language of a Mystic: Application – April, 2009)
Since returning home last week, I’ve been sleeping. Sleeping lots: naps, early to bed every night, waking later than my norm most mornings.
I didn’t recognize it clearly until after being home for a day or so. But as I observed how I was operating (or not), I realized that the five weeks away, many days on the road, canine care and different (though mostly comfortable) environments had an impact. Physically and mentally I was tired. I needed to rest before I could truly re-engage in my life at home.
I’m not complaining. The journey was fun and rewarding on many levels. I have much learning to integrate, some with conscious awareness and some at a deeper level. The importance of rest may be part of that learning.
So, it was no surprise that as I began reading Gregge’s April booklets, the above quote was the first to catch my eye. As if to affirm me after drafting this post, my daily reading in Science of Mind began with this quote:
How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward. (Spanish Proverb)
I observe the calendar and the rising temperatures daily. I see buds on the trees. My favorite spot on Cottonwood Creek is flowing freely. Some locals have already seen evidence that the bears are awake. Winter is past. Spring has sprung. Yet I want to emerge from winter and my journey slowly, gently, on my schedule, at my pace.
In part that means recognizing and honoring this need for rest.
I’m grateful that I haven’t fought or ignored it as I’ve done so often in the past, pushing through exhaustion to complete a project.
I’m grateful as well that I’ve developed the habit of expressing thanks for the day and of creating a peaceful atmosphere when I lay my head on the pillow.
So often we humans go to bed to escape, bringing with us worry, anger, exhaustion, and the frustrations of the day. If this is you, STOP. The Universe magnifies the atmosphere you create when you sleep. Consider the atmosphere you want to rest in. Call it forth. Do it for you. Do it for humanity and for the health of the planet.