Rest, resting, rested

I am practicing rest. Not just napping or getting extra sleep but resting my mind and my spirit. Sometimes rest looks like more time with my nose in a book. I started this book about a month ago but this weekend I picked it up with renewed interest.

Last week I attended a screening of this movie and I cannot stop thinking about the pull of technology and the impact on our ability of to rest. I did a three week social media fast recently but I am seriously contemplating taking May to do a digital declutter. This is not just taking time off from technology. The declutter adds the extra steps of reflecting on the technology we us and of replacing online time with meaningful activities. For me, that would be reading, getting outside, and fiber play. Restful pursuits.

I should finish the book by the weekend and then I can put in the thinking/reflecting time. Stay tuned. I plan to be back next Tuesday with a monthly link up for our one word posts.

12 thoughts on “Rest, resting, rested

  1. As I meander throughout my days, I marvel at the progress of the digital world these days: quantum leaps…everyone has a phone in his/her hand, from age 3 to age 103…I think it’s good for us to stop and take stock of how much of our lives is digitized …and far better to “stop and smell the roses” as they and the world “bloom!” Thank you for the invitation to “rest.”
    Cheers~

  2. I am nearing the end of my 30-day digital declutter. . . and I will say it has been life changing! I set up very specific rules for myself, and set out my personal guidelines before I started (on April 1). I’ll open up parts of my “digital life” again in May, but in much different (and limited by choice!) ways. XO

  3. Your musings on rest are thoughtful and I enjoy reading them. It’s always a good idea to reflect on whether our activities are meaningful or just “mindless scrolling”.

  4. Excellent thoughts – and good ones to spend time contemplating. I am on the wait list for that book and I am eager to read it and see what I can learn (and do!) I have been actively stopping when I find myself sitting down in boredom, scrolling some social media. It shocked me how frequently that was happening.

  5. I have been trying to be a little more mindful of my online time and would probably benefit from reading this book, so thanks for the recommendation!

  6. Interesting post, Juliann. I’d been wondering what you’ve been up to. I just finished The Worst Hard Time and learned a whole lot about the dust storms of the thirties.

  7. I, too, am enjoying your views on REST. I also think it’s interesting to see how much time you have when you don’t spend it aimlessly scrolling.

  8. Such good food for thought, Juliann! I’m curious about the digital declutter and look forward to following along.

  9. What a thoughtful post. I do enjoy your ideas about rest. I have made a few changes in my digital habits. Shock – I bought an old fashioned alarm clock and keep all the digital devices out of the bedroom. Even though I used to mute the phone and turn it face down, I still knew it was there. I like entering the space in the evening to get ready for bed and find I am sleeping better.

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