So important for everyone, introverts even more so.

I don’t think I know anyone who thinks they get enough.

I wonder whether it’s the quantity or the quality that I need to adjust.

David Whyte looks at what resting is and writes beautifully about stages of rest.


I wonder how far through the stages I get. On an average day.

I wonder how often I rest deeply, through to stage five?

And how much better I’d feel and better I’d function if all or at least most of my resting went that deep.

Here’s David Whyte’s words on rest.

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below




In the first stage of rest is the sense of stopping, of giving up on what we have been doing or how we have been being.


In the second stage is the sense of slowly coming home, the physical journey into the body’s un-coerced and un-bullied self, as if trying to remember the way or even the destination itself.


In the third state is a sense of healing and self-forgiveness and of arrival.


In the fourth stage, deep in the primal exchange of the breath is the give and the take, the blessing and the being blessed and the ability to delight in both.


The fifth stage of rest is a sense of absolute readiness and presence, a delight in and an anticipation of the world and all its forms; the sense of being the meeting itself between inner and outer, and of receiving and responding occuring in one spontaneous movement.


A deep experience of rest is the template of perfection in the human imagination, a perspective from which we are able to perceive the outer specific forms of our work and our relationships whilst being nourished by the shared foundational gift of the breath itself. From this perspective we can be rested while putting together an elaborate meal for an arriving crowd, whilst climbing the highest mountain or sitting at home surrounded by the chaos of a loving family…


Excerpt from Readers’ Circle Essay,


©2011 David Whyte