When our lives slip into productivity overdrive, our souls forget to surface. Sleep is one way to awaken our soul.
It’s Sunday. I’m standing at crest of beginning of a new week.
Sometimes, when I think about everything that is queued up ahead, I just want to quit before I’ve started.
I start to line things up like a game of Tetris, fitting in as much as I can with each successive turn of the clock.
Even on Sunday, it can get busy “resting”.
As we begin our journey to feed our souls, let’s clear our soul’s palate of physical weariness.
Let’s give our souls a chance to surface and to speak.
Let’s dare to get some sleep.
It’s more daring than it sounds.
It’s counter-culture to
stop pushing our bodies to their outer limits,
so that our souls have a chance to breathe.
Our bodies crave physical release —
— from the tension we carry in our shoulders
— from the stream of To-Do’s we carry in our heads
— to place availability of our hearts above busyness with our hands.
One of the most refreshing things we can do on Sundays is place value on sleep.
Sleep is —
— a reset for our bodies.
— a nap on Sunday afternoon.
— turning in early, not because we HAVE to.
We turn in early because we want to invite our souls to come out and play during the week.
Getting delicious sleep is as important as putting dinner on the table (who says cooking isn’t soul activity?), working (we want to put our hearts into it), and showing up in relationships (what a difference it makes to be present!).
Don’t give yourself the pressure of: “I need to get full 8 hours.”
Think how can I get better — or a bit more — sleep?
“I lie down and sleep;
I wake again,
because the LORD sustains me.”
~ Your ideas on enjoying sleep.
~ Is it a dare for you to feed your soul — by recapturing sleep?
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