I’ve had a bad cold this week, the first one in 4 or 5 years. The feeling is familiar. Fever. Sleeping on and off all day. Headache. Coughing. Runny nose. Sinus pain. Foggy brain.

When illness happens our body needs attention. We have to give priority to our physical needs. I’m not so willing anymore to drug myself with cold meds and push through.

Most of my activities ground to a halt. I’ve recently moved from the city to an off-grid tiny house in the country, a 15 minute drive from the nearest town and store. Until Sunday, I was happily organizing things and getting settled in. I’ve spent this week on the couch or bed looking around at what needs to be done and allowing it to wait. I want to finish putting together the rotating composter. Now that I’ve lived here a few weeks I can see how to better organize the house. There isn’t much space in a 12 x 16 house and I’m getting tired of walking around boxes on the floor. That can wait.

I’d love to say I’ve had a productive week writing or doing work that doesn’t require physical exertion. Not so! My mind is sluggish and it’s hard to focus. So I rest and read and look out at the ocean. We’ve had a beautiful week of blue skies and sunshine, dark nights with brilliant stars. I feel blessed.

It’s good to rest when we’re sick and it’s good to rest when we’re not sick. I don’t have small children to take care of or a demanding boss. I don’t drive myself like I used to. This last few months have been more stressful than usual with travel and the move and stress plays a part in our immunity. I don’t need to go deeper than that or look for meaning. I have a cold. I’m resting. 

I’m tuning in to the immensity of the change I just made. I was born on the prairies and always loved the ocean. Now I live with the Atlantic Ocean to my front and forest at my back. I step out my door to fresh air and the sounds of birds migrating back to their summer home. 

There are so many ways to take a break and rest. Savoring the feeling of warm sun on the face is one. Listening to this guided practice is another. Join me live any day for a free guided online practice 8AM Eastern. Zoom #645 904 638

Like you would soothe an over tired child, allow yourself to rest.

Invitation to Rest
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