We all experience it, the climb and the subsequent rest, the need to pause and integrate after learning something in a new way. I used to think that in those moments I wasn’t on my path any longer, that I was taking a break. I know so much more now, there is never a time we take a break from this path, just a lessening of intensity. We reach plateaus, needing to acclimate to new energy before acknowledging that we have been forever changed.
I have heard friends who walk the path of awareness groan, “I’m so tired! I’m done.” As if they could give-up and climb-out of the flow of experience. We are submerged, deep over our heads in the universal energy. In yoga, even the movement between movements holds depth and meaning; so does the pause we enter on our journey.
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…