To all those in North America, happy July 4th!
I hope you all are having a great day – with your families, loved ones, relaxing, going to the movies, watching TV, walking in the woods, training for the Camino, whatever it is you're doing.
Rest days are as important as work days.
Your body and your mind need time out to rejuvenate. To take stock of what you've been doing, what you've achieved, perhaps what you've missed out on, perhaps what you've suffered.
Just as we can't keep going without sleep, nor can we keep going without rest. In sleep we need to dream, in rest we need to contemplate.
I learnt this on the Camino.
Some pilgrims thought it was an achievement to walk to Santiago without taking a rest day. Perhaps physically it was within their capability. But what about spiritually?
Sometimes you need to stop, to let your soul catch up to your body.