UU Lent 2022 – Day 21 – Rest

A Meditation of Release and Rest

Our bodies carry us through the day. We forget that our bodies are our home. 

A place to be ourselves. A place to release. A place to love. 

We are going to move our bodies. Feel free to move in the most comfortable way for your body. With each movement, feel the tension and worry leaving your body. 

Take a deep breath

Drop your head to your chest. Take another breath rolling your head in a circle over your shoulders. Take another breath and roll your head the other way. Return your head to center 

Take a deep breath bringing your shoulders as high as you can. Let them drop as you let go of the tensions of the day and release your breath. repeat

Stretch out your arms and wiggle them 

Wiggle your fingers

Bend your torso to the left, right, front, and back.

Make a circle with your hips. Move them in some way that brings them back to you so that they are yours alone. 

Wiggle your knees, unlock them if you are standing

Tense the muscles in your calves.

Pointe and flex your feet

Wiggle your toes

Let the movement of your body send the day away. 

Let the movement of your body bring you back to you.

“This is about more than naps. This is about more than naps. This is about more than naps. … This work is saving the lives of so many and saved my life. This work should be respected as a balm for all of humanity. Find ways to connect back to your body and mind. Find ways to intentionally slow down. Find ways to re-imagine and snatch rest right now. It is your divine and human right to do so. WE WILL REST!” – The Nap Bishop – Tricia Hersey – The Nap Ministry