SPIRITUAL LIVING TWIN CITIES
will not be meeting
regularly during this summer.
Watch for information about informal gatherings during
this time --
and the return of weekly Gatherings in
SUMMER: A TIME TO RELAX INTO EASE
Midsummer is such a wonderful time
of plenty here in Minnesota, with the sun’s warmth and
light giving us awesome sustenance and beauty with
luxuriant foliage and delicious, healthy fruits and
vegetables. We also are receiving essential vitamins
from the sun’s rays that warm and tan and relax us.
Our lives are meant to have a
natural cycle: Work—rest—conceive. It’s circular, with
the conception of ideas stimulating us to move forward
again into the next work portion of the cycle. We are
meant to express and experience these in equal measure:
1/3, 1/3, 1/3. (I know, the Bible says God rested on the
seventh day, and it and other holy books often
advise doing things in 40-day periods. Both 7
and 40 are numbers indicating wholeness and perfection;
their metaphysical meanings are “completeness” and “as
long as it takes.” These passages are saying that
God rested when creation was complete and that what was
undertaken was continued until the desired result was
The number three
represents a wholeness that is comprised of three
equal parts. Creative wholeness consists of equal
elements of work, rest, and conception or
inspiration (inspire: breathing spirit into).
is a natural time for us to honor the “rest” part of
this cycle. It is much more important than our
production-oriented culture appreciates, for without
relaxation, we aren’t in a mode of openness to
conceive new ideas or easier, better ways to
accomplish that which we wish to produce. We’ve all
heard striking examples of scientists and others who
experienced a “eureka!” moment regarding a problem
when they took a nap or went for a relaxing walk. We
are meant to receive solutions and guidance easily
and often, in our everyday lives. We can’t do that
if we aren’t giving ourselves appropriate relaxation
time; we won’t be “in the zone”!
Another really important reason
to get the right amount of rest is that this relaxed
and rested zone—this arena in which creativity comes
alive—is where our real selves come out to play.
Want to get in touch with your Real, Inner Self?
Relax, get in touch with what It wants to do, then
play at that. This will be true happiness. So get in
the groove. As Simon and Garfunkel sang,
“Slow down, you move too fast.
You gotta make the (summer) last…”
EnJOY your summer,
Pick up the phone and call me
this summer—or drop me an email.
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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