More on Finding Balance

Sunday 2 November 2008, by Willem Kuypers // Jean Vanier English

I am realising more and more that there are many people who do not know how to relax. It took me a long time to learn. Obviously, people know that they must sleep, but relaxation is more than that. Sleep, moreover, can be a way of avoiding reality, an escape, a kind of depression. Real rest is the renewal of our energy so that we can struggle for peace and truth with more energy, enthusiasm and hope. So relaxation is finding new sources of energy, and being affirmed and supported in the awakening of these energies. It is rediscovering trust in our mission and what is deepest in us. It is the opposite of slumping in sadness, apathy, lack of self confidence and doubt. Real rest involves relaxing the heart with friends and family through celebration, laughing, singing, joy, humour. It means feeling well and happy in our body, house, family and community.

- Jean Vanier, Our Journey Home, p. 154