By Jeff Foster
The approach of Rest gathers approximately two hundred of Jeff Foster’s most provoking essays, poems, and reflections on restoring and reviving ourselves once we believe exhausted or defeated. Drawing from his own journey—including his personal struggles with affliction and depression—Jeff invitations us to consider “the manner of relaxation” and its strength to rework our event of:
• Imperfection—how we're “gloriously wrong” but whole precisely as we are
• no longer knowing—how we come to belief within the higher intelligence of life
• depression and loneliness—how we discover ways to unlock the therapeutic energies of “exquisite sensitivity”
• usual moments—recognizing and receiving “the closest factor of all”
• ache and discontent—how our frustrations develop into a gap to deep peace
• Love—rediscovering who we're past our conscientiously built facades
• Silence—discovering the vibrancy of residing by means of letting pass of suggestions and concepts
“I wish the phrases during this booklet motivate, problem, and inspire you. yet so much of all, i am hoping they assist you do not forget that you're lifestyles, inseparable from the facility that grows the plants and provides start to galaxies,” writes Jeff Foster. The approach of relaxation brings you his companionship and help everytime you desire it most.
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