five minute friday {rest}

March 14, 2013Karen Courcy

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Today’s Five minute Friday word is {rest}


Rest has been far and in between lately! Between my husband traveling a lot and being in charge of everything and beyond, it’s not often that I find rest.

There are to types of rest for me, physical rest and emotional rest – both equally important as I have learned for many years in therapy.

When I look for physical rest, my favorite thing to do is to lay on the small couch under the window in the sunspots and write. I also find rest in taking a long drive with the music loud, and just me and road. I dont get enough “sleep” but I try and find as much “rest” as I can.

Emotional rest is probably the most difficult for me. I work extremely hard in my healing, and finding emotional rest is probably something I struggle with finding.

When I do find emotional rest, I write, read, reach out to my support, connect and talk.

My therapist and I played a game last Friday called “memory” using wisdom filled words, and for me that felt like a soft place to land in my emotional rest. it wasn’t the same hard work day in and day out in therapy, I took rest while still healing playing a fun game to connect.

I also find emotional rest in going to church, siting in my favorite pew, and just handing over to God all the burdens I carry  – so that I can rest.

Rest is not an easy thing to come by, but I know it’s equally important to find both physical and emotional rest, for me it’s especially important going forward in my healing and towards me and my path.



  • AJ Collins

    March 15, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    “just handing over to God all the burdens I carry – so that I can rest.” Yes. That’s rest. I love that!! Visiting from FMF. Love it!

  • kamici

    March 15, 2013 at 5:51 AM

    oooh, I love sitting under a window in the sun, napping there is even better. thanks for sharing!

  • Amy P Boyd

    March 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Emotional rest is the harder of the two rest to find. I also love sitting in the pew at church and just feeling God’s presence all around me.

  • Gel

    March 16, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    I agree with all of this. I like how you distinguish types of rest…physical and emotional. The one about handing over your burdens to God to me seems like spiritual rest?

    For me with a super busy mind and one that obsesses a lot, I find that focusing on a simple task that doesn’t require a lot of decision making gives my mind a rest. There’s something soothing about a productive repetitive activity. I had never realized how much energy it takes to be mentally deciding things. Chopping vegetables and weeding are good for mental rest for me.

    Good to be reminded of such a simple but basic need we have.

    1. KarenBeth

      March 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      GEl.. I SO agree with you. I think that is why people who have gone through a very hard life or go through a hard life have those routines that are repetitive .. because it’s easier to deal with the day to day “knowing” what you are going to do, instead of being bogged down by deep decisions.

      I agree with you

  • Sharon O

    March 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    wonderful thoughts, and yes we need physical rest and emotional rest they both are very important.

  • simplystriving

    March 17, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    “handing over to God all the burdens I carry…” yes. that’s the best rest around. His yoke is easy..His burden is light. and may I never get over how He offers it to me. Good to see you, Karen! {HUGS}

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