The art of resting well

I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Jesus

Smaller rest, Henri Martin

The primary concern of Judaism is the art of living. Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo

"Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly." Jesus

How at ease am I with rest?

Holidaying well seems to be both an art and a science. It is creative as well as logistical. So too living well and judging how to rest, even rest well (regardless of holidays).  What constitutes satisfying rest for me? Is my rest really a rest?  Have I noticed whether it is or not?  This is an adventure, a spiritual task and is not as straight forward as might be expected.  A certain amount of playful and possibly exasperating experimentation and judgment is called upon. How grounded am I and how restless am I?

Living freely and lightly

An interesting offer from Jesus then, to be shown how to rest and really rest.  By Jesus who seems to think it worth his while to offer help on this matter.  Yet, isn't this infant school stuff?  As he continued I wonder if he was pre-empting scepticism here.  Who you, Jesus?  It'll be unforced, not strained or artificial he says in reassuring tones.  Mmm.  It's not going to be heavy, an ordeal or exhausting or unnatural to you personally. These are characteristics that I would respond to.  It also sounds like discipleship, learning how to live, well, freely and lightly.