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Resolving to Rest

In fact, during sleep the body is flooded with hormones that promote relaxation and slows down all the organ systems. Sleep time is when our immune system has a chance to fortify us and when children grow. Normal sleep cycles also provide the brain an opportunity to process information at different vibratory levels. Dreaming is the inborn and most primary mechanism for dealing with daily stress. Many studies demonstrate that a significant proportion of our physical and mental ills start with our unhealthy relationship to sleep and rest.

I have long been guilty of thinking about who I am in terms of what I accomplish in my days. Resting and being still is not a place that calls to me because I am always so caught up in all that I have to do. And yet it is often this hyperdrive to accomplish that can often mislead me. Time after time, I find after the fact that the things I am compelled to complete would have better left. Leonardo Da Vinci remarked about the need for rest when he said, “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”

Make this one new year’s resolution and give yourself the bold gift of rest. See how long you could sleep and feel what it feels like to wake up rested. Get some distance from the day to day and then, looking back over your shoulder, see if the weight of your responsibilities appear different. Learning how to rest is the source of true mastery and the foundation of everything that is sustainable. Learning to savor stillness and witness ourselves independently from our endless activity will not only feed and nourish our ability to move forward but will likely open us to the joy and satisfaction that is the point of all the doing to begin with.

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Wendy Strgar

Wendy Strgar, founder and CEO of Good Clean Love, is a loveologist who writes and lectures on Making Love Sustainable, a green philosophy of relationships which teaches the importance of valuing the renewable resources of love, intimacy and family.  In her new book, Love that Works: A Guide to Enduring Intimacy,  she tackles the challenging issues of sustaining relationships and healthy intimacy with an authentic and disarming style and simple yet innovative adviceIt has been called "the essential guide for relationships."  The book is available on ebook.  Wendy has been married for 27 years to her husband, a psychiatrist, and lives with their four children ages 13- 22 in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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7:17AM PDT on Jun 18, 2010

thanks.

8:36AM PST on Feb 11, 2010

Thanks for this article!

9:20AM PST on Feb 9, 2010

It seems impossible- but I am inspired to try!

10:59AM PST on Feb 8, 2010

A big thanks to Wendy and Leonardo Da Vinci for the nice and helpful information.

7:55AM PST on Feb 8, 2010

I know the value of total rest but still allow too many brain stimulations in the room. Since I know sleep is my best friend, should I say I am my worst enemy?

6:49AM PST on Feb 8, 2010

I have all the time to rest... but most of the time I tend to be a late sleeper and a late riser..

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7:02AM PST on Feb 7, 2010

thanks for the read

4:31AM PST on Feb 7, 2010

Rest... my illness wake my after evrey 5 hours of rest. =(

1:02AM PST on Feb 7, 2010

Love this article. agree wiht mandi

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