Feminist Mantra Monday 5: Rest Together. Rise Together.
I spent Thanksgiving with two of the best women I know, women who make me stronger/braver/better, women who accept my flaws and help me grow. We spent an entire day in bed and another climbing the hills behind the Golden Gate Bridge. We drank wine and laughed more than I can remember doing in ages.
And somewhere in these past days I was able to rest for the first time in ages.
Normally I think of resting as something that happens in solitude. Rest is going to a yoga class or eating ice cream in bed by myself. It's painting my nails or taking a bath.
But often during those times my mind wanders back to whatever has been bothering me. I mull over negative thoughts, and even though I may not be doing anything, I don't actually relax.
This week I found that I rest better when I rest with people that I love, when I feel safe among others and can really let go. I learned that I rest better when I rest together.
Having rested, I feel rejuvenated and reenergized. I am ready for the upcoming weeks and the challenges that are sure to come with them. And I am confident that I can overcome them.
In essence, rest has allowed me to rise. But in the same way that I rest better with the people I love, they also allow me to rise higher. They support my dreams and bolster my confidence. And I hope I do the same for them.
So this week's mantra is Rest Together. Rise Together. Find your people and spend time just spending time with them. Then allow that rest to motivate you to work harder and better toward your goals.
How do you all rest together, loves?