Sacred Exhaustion

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Your tiredness has dignity to it! Do not rush to pathologise it, or push it away, for it may contain great intelligence, even medicine.

You have been on a long journey from the stars, friend. Bow before your tiredness now; do not fight it any longer.

There is no shame in admitting that you cannot go on. Even the courageous need to rest.

For a great journey lies ahead. And you will need all of your resources.

Come, sit by the fire of Presence. Let the body unwind; drop into the silence here. Forget about tomorrow, let go of the journey to come, and sink into this evening’s warmth.

Every great adventure is fuelled by rest at its heart.

Your tiredness is noble, friend, and contains healing power… if you would only listen…

– Jeff Foster


5 Responses to “Sacred Exhaustion”

  1. Irene on January 15th, 2015

    Thank you for this wise reminder, Cathy…it’s so easy to forget the importance of rest, relaxation, having fun, etc.

  2. Marcy westerling on January 15th, 2015

    The quiet is its own activity. Purposeful, brave, and of deep value. Thank you for the reminder.

    warmly, marcy

  3. Pam on January 15th, 2015

    Just what I needed to hear. Thanks, Cathy. xo

  4. Barry on January 15th, 2015

    I don’t think Jeff has any idea of the journey I’ve been on. Of course i can respect and enjoy the rest/relax/quiet etc., but that this inaction is such a DICTATE certainly tarnishes those definitions at times. As my gentle wife expressed this morning, maybe I’m doing too much sinking, and not enough fighting?

  5. Catherine on January 16th, 2015

    Rest and rejuvenation go hand in hand …….lovely piece of writing.

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