More tips about rest.
Rest is Letting Go of Pretenses
One way to find rest through worship is in being true to your nature. Posture positioning and “wearing face” always requires a lot of work. I think this is why the Bible says that the wicked have no peace (or rest), in Isaiah 57.
20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt. 21 “There is no peace,” Says my God, “for the wicked.” ~ Isaiah 57:20-21
Even while working or studying, short periods of rest are necessary to renew ones’ strength throughout the day, because studies have shown that the average persons’ attention span only lasts 20-40 minutes.
In America, those coworkers who take the time to make coffee, or bring in doughnuts or cake for everyone, are encouraging people to rest.
In Asia, people have a habit of drinking tea and eating fruit together as a form of rest, which is usually done in the afternoon.
Think of those people who go outside to have a chat and a smoke during their breaks. All these habits are very quick, powerful forms of RENEWAL for them, and in most cases, they have never even left the workplace!
In fact, some laws regulate how long hourly-wage employees can be required to work without a break, and in most countries, it is about 2 to 3 hours. These laws are modern expressions of the Mosaic Law.
The important point to remember here is that DAILY and WEEKLY REST and relaxation are very important to all aspects of our health: physical, emotional, social, spiritual and mental. So please ensure adequate periods of REST to your body, mind and soul, while still keeping a disciplined and timely schedule. It is no small task to find creative and effective ways to REST each day and each week.
By the way, although watching TV can be a very restful form of entertainment, be careful that you do not let yourself depend on TV too much. It is better to spend your time with a friend, or alone in peaceful tranquility. In fact, I tell my students that anyone who spends more than two hours a day watching TV is detrimentally dependent on TV as a form of REST. (Anyone who spends more than 6 hours a day watching TV, has a TV addiction!) I urge such a person to develop other activities that will provide more real-life benefits and not waste so much of their time.
Now, I think I’ve written enough for today. I’m going to quit and take a rest.