I’m not always good at resting.
I am really good at crossing things off the to-do list. Sometimes, when life feels particularly heavy, when it doesn’t just rain but it seems to flood, I am amazingly capable of juggling way more plates than is humanly possible.
Bravo! Hurrah! Huzzah!
Who are you, amazing and mighty and wonderful thou art Cara?
But then, I fall – or, if we continue with the metaphor, the plates come crashing down to the ground and I am pretty much kicked out of Clown School. Exhaustion overwhelms me and I find myself in need of rest more than ever, maybe because my body is screaming at me, using the only language I can hear, shouting of an utterly desperate, overwhelming kind of fatigue.
Such has been the case, especially this last spring. The floods came. The floods threatened to drown. Still, I tried to juggle.
Because doesn’t everyone try and practice their juggling skills on a life raft in the middle of the Pacific?
The details aren’t necessary, at least not on a public front, at least not right now. Because at the end of the day, the only thing I could do was let the plates fall; the only response I could have was to watch them sink down to the bottom of the ocean while I steadied my body to float and rest and bob on top of the waves.
So, once again, because sometimes it’s the only song I know how to sing, I’m learning to listen to my body. I’m leaning into rest. I’m practicing self-care because I’m really good at putting my own needs on the back burner. And I’m saying this out loud because I don’t think I’m the only one – in fact, maybe you feel like you’re in the same boat as me.
A couple of weeks ago, a package arrived in the mail.
And this was a different kind of package: it wasn’t a book, as I’m prone to receive (and subsequently shout from the mountaintops, blessed be the name of she who gets to read!) Nor was it a fun promotional gift from O, the Oprah Magazine, where I get to be a part of the #omaginsiders crew.
Instead, it was a box of soul care. It was a package geared for rest.
Field Guides for the Way are seasonal spiritual practice kits delivered to your home. They offer the intentionality and practice of a contemplative retreat woven into your everyday life. Each beautifully curated kit contains invitations and supplies for a journey deeper into your relationship with God, your own heart, your life.
As founder Kristen Kludt says, “We have access to far more information than we know what to do with, but the spiritual journey is one of transformation, not information. Field Guides for the Way invite the integration of our knowledge into lived practice through tactile, creative spiritual practices rooted in the Christian tradition. They are an invitation to explore the terrain of God’s infinite love.”
For me, when I sat down with the kit this last weekend, it forced me to rest …because it wasn’t about doing, but it was about being. It’s about being connected to The Source, remembering that we are the beloved.
If this sounds like it’s right up your alley, Field Guides for the Way is offering 10% off any purchase when you use the discount code MEREDITH10, which expires August 15th.
Subscribe and you will receive four spiritual practice kits, one each season for a year. Each kit will contain materials for a creative, contemplative journey: reflection prompts, stories, poems, instructions and supplies for practices, and tangible reminders of God’s love for you.
Does this sound like it might be what you need today?
Head over there now.
This post was obviously produced in conjunction with Field Guides for the Way, a new company I support and believe in wholeheartedly. Otherwise, everything I said is true: it’s been a beast of a season. But we can do hard things. We shall survive. We are not alone. So, what say you?0