Tuesday August 10, 2010 | The Power of Rest

August 9, 2010 at 10:54 am | Posted in Coming Up | 2 Comments

A conversation about “the power of rest.” Dr. Matthew Edlund has written a book by that name, and he says that learning the skill of active rest is one that everyone needs to rebuild both body and mind. We’ll talk about rest, sleep, the difference between the two, and why most of us are not getting the real rest that we need.
Dr. Matthew Edlund
– M.D., Author and Director, Center for Circadian Medicine in Sarasota Florida

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  1. I know lots of people who struggle with busy-ness in their lives. They feel that they should cram baseball practice, ballet practice, Wednesday night Bible study, Boy Scouts, etc. into every spare family moment. It turns out that families don’t get home every night–even during the week–until often after 7-8 pm. Then kids have to do homework. And then off to bed. Where is the rest? Where is the calm, peaceful family time? Gone.

    I’ve seen a number of articles in magazines harkening back to God’s idea recorded in Exodus 20:8-11 (and other places) of a Sabbath–an intentional day of rest and calmness. Some have pushed for a specifically God-devoted Sabbath, others a more secular day of rest and even more for a mix of the holy and the “chillax.”

    After much reflection, my family and I are dedicated to a lifestyle that echoes Joshua’s words from Joshua 24: “But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” We will also add: “And not busy-ness!”

    Thanks for the show & the topic. I will read the book!

    [The title listed on your site should read The Power OF Rest. I found that out when a search engine couldn’t find The Power for Rest.]

  2. People look at me like I am crazy when I tell them that I feel more rested if I wake up once or twice during the night than if I sleep through the night. I could never explain why. Perhaps Dr. Edlund has my answer….

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