Are you tired?
Really FEEL your way into that question.
Most of us are chronically tired. We’re tired because we don’t learn how to rest properly.
Good rest is a creativity amplifier. It’s hard to produce good quality work and to really hear the call of your Muse when you’re tired.
The “instructions” for the four kinds of rest are found in the Gates of the Will Center.
First, there is Recovery which provides the foundation for feeling rested. We recover when we sleep and generally rest our bodies and our minds. Sometimes recovery can be simply sitting and “doing nothing” or letting our minds wander in a dreamy kind of way. We literally need time to sit and think without any real aim or “figuring out.”
If we don’t get enough recovery time, it can actually make the other kinds of rest feel exhausting.
The Gate 40, The Gate of Restoration, teaches us that we must recover on a regular basis if we’re going to be able to enter into healthy agreements and relationships. The failure to recover can sometimes cause us to buy into the idea that someone else will come along and “save us” from all the burdens and work we’re doing.
Recovery is essential for healthy relationships, agreements, and community.
Secondly, there is Restoration. Restoration happens when we “restore” our value and our integrity. I’m not talking about moral integrity but structural integrity. We are unique, once-in-a-cosmic-lifetime-
Restoration is anything you do that helps you remember who you truly are and reconnects you to your right place in the world. Restoration can be therapy, journaling, getting a massage, taking a personal growth and development course, or a close conversation with your best friend that helps you get yourself back on track.
Restoration is associated with the Gate 26, the Gate of Integrity. If we internalize the message that it’s not okay to be who we are and “how” we are, it can knock us out of integrity. For the Gate 26 to function at its highest potential and to support us in setting good boundaries and making self-care a priority, we have to make sure that we restore any elements of who we are that may be out of integrity.
There are five kinds of integrity in Quantum Human Design:
1. Physical Integrity is experienced when our bodies are healthy and vital.
2. Resource Integrity is when we sustainably use our material resources.
3. Identity Integrity is experienced when we feel that we can fully manifest the value of our authentic identity and don’t compromise who we are for money.
4. Moral Integrity is the courage to do the right thing and to make sure that your actions are honest and aligned with high principles and values.
5. Energetic Integrity is experienced when we consistently and deliberately rest and take care of ourselves so that we have the energy to engage with life sustainably.
Thirdly there is Recreation. Recreation is the kind of rest that most think should be restful, but recreation can actually burn you out if you haven’t taken the time to engage in recovery and restoration.
We are deeply conditioned to think that we always have to be “doing” something. We equate recreating with rest because recreation usually involves some kind of “doing,” whether it’s going on an RV trip, camping, kayaking, hiking, going to an art museum, or playing a sport.
We need to play. It’s literally built into our nervous system. We learn and integrate from play, but if we’re forcing play and recreation when we need recovery or restoration, then our play has hidden agendas and can actually feel somewhat manic and depleting.
Celebration includes noting and basking in the light of our accomplishments, giving us a pause to take stock of what is working and what we have done well. It supports us in creating more aligned growth and creative expansion, but for many of us, celebrating the small stuff can feel like “tooting our own horn” (and what exactly IS wrong with that anyway…?).
Have a good, restful week!!!
From my Heart to yours,
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