About The R.E.S.T. Practice
The R.E.S.T. Practice is an innovative four step practice that blends mindful inquiry with simple creative techniques. This Practice offers you a space to restore, re-balance and re-connect with the inner peace and wisdom of your true self.
Balancing life takes having an ongoing practice. Creative Journaling is an essential tool in finding and maintaining balance and inner peace in a multifaceted life.
This practice engages anyone willing to explore with an open mind. Following gentle questions, you are invited to explore what is going on for you in your life. This process utilises writing, doodling, collage and simple creative techniques. Adding mindfulness, imagery, symbolism to the journal process provides an opportunity to honour life wherever it leads and a chance to explore your choices and feelings.
This practice will always lead you somewhere meaningful, empowering, somewhere that casts light on where you have been and what you have experienced. This practice opens the doors within and leads you through your most challenging times and out to the other side. This is a journey that always moves you toward healing, wisdom, courage, peace and love.
Why do we need a practice?
Whilst we humans are remarkable creatures we have some basic limitations and the most prevalent is our need to create ways of living that enable us to cope with the challenges and noise of daily life.
There are the obvious ways cope with the stress of everyday life, like for example taking a glass of wine in the evening, or distracting ourselves with some mindless TV, but the less obvious coping mechanisms are our habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and acting.
The challenge of spotting these inner habits is very real. In a world where we are perpetually in motion it is difficult to find the space to see what is right in front of us. (Or what is right inside us). We find ourselves overwhelmed and overworked, and tired and stressed people do not have the time, space or motivation to observe themselves.
It is out of this modern day and largely western problem that the need for a practice that could help us observe our thoughts, feelings and behaviours in action emerged.
This R.E.S.T. practice allows you to recognise your inner coping patterns and involves making ongoing conscious efforts to bring your awareness inwards. As your practice develops you become more aware of the ways you block access to your true self and with gentle prompts you learn how to get back to who you really are.
This is not an easy world to live in. It is one filled with chaos noise and vague rules.
The R.E.S.T. practice is the choice to bring awareness to the ways you block access to your true self so you can make the space necessary to hear and act from the wisdom of your true self.
“You will only grow and thrive when you get back to the inner peace of who you are. Your energy and inner peace will disintegrate when you wander away from yourself”
If you are going to grow and thrive, then you need to be able to quieten the noise of the world and adopt a practice that allows you to open up a space in which you can be without judgment. Having a space in which you can slow down enough to ask the questions that will continually illuminate your path is vital. It is only when you are able to create such a space that you can deepen the conversations you have with yourself and through this intimate dialogue, dig more carefully into the hidden resources that your true self holds and find the peace within.
Re-defining what it is to have a practice.
The four steps of The R.E.S.T. Practice.
Step One RECOGNISE
This first stage of the R.E.S.T. Practice involves identifying the ways you block access to the inner peace of your true self. This means developing the awareness to recognise what has been cropping up in your day-to-day life. To reconnect with the inner peace of your true self yous first need to recognise the ways you are blocking access to it!
The R.E.S.T. Practice crib sheet will help you with this step.
Step Two EXPLORE
The Explore stage of the practice is about mindfully exploring your inner world. The guided coaching style questions on The R.E.S.T. Practice crib sheet are designed to help you.
Step Three SURRENDER
The Surrender stage of the practice involves letting any thoughts, emotions, feelings, or sensations simply be there, without trying to fix, fade or avoid anything. Here you are encouraged to let your feelings be as big as they want to be.
Step Four TRANSFORM
The Transform stage of the R.E.S.T. Practice is all about opening the conversation with your true self and listening for any wisdom it has to offer. Our wonderful array of 'soul messages' will assist in providing prompts if needed.