As we’re all in a very similar season and adjusting to our new normal, I wanted to send a reminder that it’s okay to ease up on yourself, especially now. I am really thankful to have a job during this pandemic, but I am finding myself to have more free time than ever when I’m not working. I’m sure you can currently relate to this. The pressure of grinding and using our free time wisely can get a little overwhelming when we don’t make space for rest. I know I have dreams I still want to pursue and an endless to-do list, so the thought of pausing can seem off. But if I don’t remind myself to slow down, I will only end up burnt out in that journey.
Even Jesus invites us to a life of rest. “Come find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” He doesn’t just invite us to a life of rest for our bodies, but at a far deeper level for our souls. It’s not that we should look for an escape or plan our next vacation, instead it’s finding rest for our souls and to just be still.
Life can get busy. Sometimes you can be in such a hurry that you won’t experience emotionally healthy and spiritually rich and vibrant lives. Now…the world is at a pause. As we move through our quarantine days, we can choose to slow down and pay attention to our bodies and the sensations of hurry. We have more time than ever to dive deeper into our souls and notice what inhibit’s our ability to be present in love.
Don’t get me wrong, I have definitely found myself intensely cleaning and re-organizing my home on my days off. I know I rest better with a pleasant living environment. I’ve also been finding new ways to stay active. But when I take time to read, stretch, journal, watch the sun go down, ponder my thoughts, stare at my own shadows, play music, or walk in nature, I don’t feel guilty for not being “productive enough.” I enjoy taking time to breathe and practice gratitude. Rest can look different for everyone. We can just simply be and not be ashamed of this.
All we have is the present. The here and now moments. I don’t want to rush these moments. The more present we are to the now, the more grateful we are for what is. I find comfort in knowing that we don’t have to carry life’s burdens alone. With Jesus, we can carry the weight of life with ease and joy. What would it look like for you to slow down today?
Be easy on yourself.