“Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last…”
~Simon and Garfunkel
Thursday 12 May 2016
Tomorrow I’ll gather with a group of women for a pop up workshop called REFRESH.  I think it’s important to note that we’re not calling it ESCAPE.
Rest and refreshment require us to stop.  To step away from busyness.  Pause is beautiful and necessary in the cycle of life.
When we pause, we can refill.  And yet, sometimes when we pause, we shut down or go numb.  We escape.  Escape is necessary, at least if you’re in a cage or being chased by a bear.  Sometimes our brains and/or our hearts are convinced that we’re in danger – trapped or fleeing for our life.  The truth is that pain is not always danger; sometimes it’s revelation and growth.
We must learn to differentiate between a natural cycle of rest and refreshment and strategies for running from pain.
We must learn when to remain present and when to step away.
Which means that we must learn to determine the difference between pain and danger.  Only then will our stepping away be a holy pause, put in place for examining and refilling our souls.
I love this list of synonyms for the word Refresh:  reinvigorate, revitalize, revive,  restore, fortify, enliven, stimulate, freshen, energize, exhilarate, reanimate, re-energize, wake up
May you find the space to pause and refresh.