“The concept of rest comprises its duality—“non-rest.” It is a movement, a rhythm between these two human conditions. The essence of rest is an experience of harmony concerning one’s feelings, actions, and motivation. This implies that there is a capacity for actions, which is carried out in accordance with a sensation of pleasure. Rest appears when one’s needs and longing correspond to the shape and character of the environment. Rest takes many different states from calm, demand-free, and peaceful conditions to conditions where one is open and perceptive to pleasurable impressions. The essence of rest is characterized by a sense of confidence and trust in one’s own inviolable human dignity and in being loved. The essence of non-rest is a disharmony in motivation, feelings, and action. This implies that there is a division, both in one’s will and capacity for action. It can also mean a conflict between feelings and the will to take action, as well as a division between one’s will and ability to feel.”  M. Asp

  • What do I need to experience rest as harmony of feeling, action, and motivation?
  • Have I been in a state of non-rest – strained between limited resources and demanding expectations- for too long?

Today, read the excerpt from this paper titled ‘Rest’ and take these 2 questions with you to help you reflect the extent your have what the paper calls ‘rest rythm’ – the right balance between rest and non-rest. If you want the detail of the study, the full paper is open access.

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