reflection: sit. still. and rest.

September 24, 2011

i came back from dominican republic a year and three months ago. reflecting on the lessons my time there taught me, i can think of one that has been of significance importance and benefit.  it’s quite simple, “sit. still. and. rest.”

in this country we are constantly taught to “keep busy.” to do more. the early bird motto. the work harder. get yours. do even more. never rest. sleep is for the weak.

my father tried to live in this country, said he couldn’t because here people live to work and in his country people work to live. what he meant was just that. we do not rest here. and if we do, we feel guilty about it.

because i didn’t have all the distractions i have here, i spent most of my time sitting still. and when the power would go out (which was a daily ocurrence) i was forced to sit still for a longer period of time.

sit. still. and. rest.

spend a day in your most comfortable lounging-at-home attire. watch tv. read. write. call that aunt you haven’t spoken to in a few months. nap. take a long bath. watch a marathon of movies. eat snacks that make your stomach happy. nap again. listen to music. pay close attention to the lyrics. do a crossword. look through old pictures.

sit. still. and. rest.

doing absolutely nothing will do wonders for your health. it gives your body, mind and soul the opportunity to regenerate. the spirit emerges rested and ready.

 

~Sarahí Yajaira, 2011

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