Day 9 of the Feast
Dear One,

Rest sounds easy to define, but what does it really mean? Does it refer to a rested mind or a rested body? For some, the mind can't rest unless the body is at rest. For others it is the opposite. For some they need to tire out their body to rest. In 2016, the BBC in 2016 did an online survey called the Rest Test looking and surveyed 1800 people in 134 countries diving in to what rest means worldwide.

Just over 2/3s of the people surveyed say they need more rest. Restful activities that made the top ten list included: reading, spending time alone, walking, being in nature, taking a bath, daydreaming, and meditation. So, though we are social creatures, it's vital to rest, it's vital to be alone and keep your own good company. That's another good reason meditation is good for you. It cultivates the new normal, a restful awareness.
Thank you for putting your spirituality first during this time of deep practice. I am practicing with you.

Love, Sarah

Sarah McLean
Director, Feast for the Soul, Inc.
Sedona, Arizona
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Spiritual Practice Tip
Are you too busy to meditate? Do you say, " I am so busy; I don't have the time in my day." How long do you wait in line for a latte? How much time do you spend checking your email?

Most of us have five minutes extra a day. It is totally worth taking this time out for a time in. Think of meditation as the perfect way to reduce stress, and to rejuvenate yourself. If you meditate for a short time each day, you'll receive more benefits than sitting in front of the TV or surfing the internet. It's all about priorities, and your health and happiness.

Living the Feast
Allow yourself to acknowledge your desires .

Ancient Vedic texts say you are what your deep driving desire is. Your desires aren’t random or accidental. They are in your heart and move through you on purpose. It's not selfish to acknowledge them or to get to know your heart. If you are not clear about what you truly want, or never acknowledged what your heart longs for, don’t be afraid to ask yourself.

Here’s how: Close your eyes. For a few minutes, rest your attention on the center of your chest, feel the subtle beating of your heart. Silently ask yourself, What do I want? What do I really want? Don’t try to come up with an answer, instead, let your heart respond. Be with the questions. Ask yourself when you remember to. The answer will always meet the question you ask, whether it is now, later today, a week from now, or in a month.You don’t need to make up your desires, you just have to become quiet and hear them, they’ll come in their own. You can journal with this question in your heart every morning before or after meditation.
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