Week 35: Restoration

Play and Playfulness

Play is the waking equivalent and active counterpart of a dream; the creative and cathartic activity of non-work. As a dream cleanses the soul, play refreshes the spirit. So much the better when it is done playfully.
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Retreat

I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. [Søren Kierkegaard, Letter 150 (1847).] To retreat is to remove ourselves physically, intellectually and emotionally from our cares, usually for an extended time. We could call it
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Reverie

Reverie is a dreamy or musing state. When we calm ourselves emotionally and mentally, we allow our minds to engage in the relaxing play called reverie.
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Rest

Rest is the active component of restoration. It refers to allowing the body to be inactive, comparatively. Everyone needs rest, especially those who are the most active of us.
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Reflection

Most of have been upset by something since we last took time to refresh ourselves. By reflecting on the things that have upset us, we can address them and put them more firmly in the past. Then we can empty our minds of active thoughts, and rest.
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Calmness

Calmness on these pages refers to an emotional attribute. We cannot easily restore ourselves if we are agitated. Being calm allows us to calm the mind and the body, and rest productively.
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Restoration

Our mental and emotional demands that we take time occasionally to restore ourselves: to calm down, to reflect and to rest.
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