I am never at rest. Even when I’m sleeping I’m grinding my teeth. I wake every couple of hours to deal with a child for one reason or another. Not good. We are trying desperately to teach our children how to rest. and think. Just yesterday Ella learned a new word - “pensive” - and we introduced a new bed time blessing, read the words by the Dalai Lama below. The body and the brain need rest, in between activity, in between mistakes, in between successes, to reorganize synaptic connections and to be open again for new information. Resting is underrated in western culture. Watching TV doesn’t count. that’s not rest, that’s denial. I’m talking about taking moments of appreciation. I think this is why prayer is so convincing - it is a kind of rest. but i am calling for a more self-reflective rest.
How do you rest?
A PRECIOUS HUMAN LIFE
“Every day, think as you wake up,
Today I am fortunate to have woken up,
I am alive;
I have a precious human life.
I am not going to waste it,
I am going to use all my energies to develop myself.
To expand my heart out to others,
To achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings,
I am going to have kind thoughts towards others,
I am not going to get angry, or think badly about others,
I am going to benefit others as much as i can.”
H.H. The XIV Dalai Lama