I hear my husband’s voice echo through the house, “Hey Cheryl, where are you, what are you doing?”
“I’m in the bathroom using my college degree to clean the toilet and sink,” I joke back.
Physically, I was cleaning, but mentally, I was contemplating real rest.
With all due respect for a good night’s sleep, I fail to see why sleep is automatically credited to produce rest. The habitual tendency to associate a rested energized productive day with a state of unconsciousness, or oblivion, is quite misleading. Evidence abounds where valuable activity has been accomplished by people who get little sleep, whereas, some people who sleep a lot, can be real couch potatoes.
The various sleep strategies utilized to enhance sleep, such as becoming a wise balanced person; setting a regular bedtime; exercise; turning off the television; avoiding stimulants & tranquilizers; and eating properly, may symbolize common sense, however strategies are effectively different for different people. Sleep strategies are not a cure.
A unique slant, offered by 19th century spiritual healer, Mary Baker Eddy, elaborates on rest as being the natural consequence of knowing truth and love. From 21st Century Science and Health, a revision of Eddy’s Science and Health, “The consciousness of Truth rejuvenates us more than hours of unconsciousness.”
The metaphysical approach of investigating, discovering, and knowing a restful active divine Mind can motivate us to find rest in the consciousness of spiritual truth and love. Of course, there is always the benefit of a clean bathroom too.