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WEEKLY INSPIRATION FROM KIND LIVING
12 October 2020
Words by Andy Smallman / Artwork by Fish Astronaut
Employ the "Rest Step"

I invite you to metaphorically put a "rest step" into practice this week in a way that allows you to engage mindfully with another person.

A "rest step," according to Wikipedia, is "a pause of motion with the rear leg vertical and fully extended, while the front leg is relaxed except as needed to adjust the balancing of the climber's body and burden on the rear leg." 

The idea is to provide a climber a very brief movement of relaxation in each step, something that greatly increases endurance. People can use the "rest step" both literally when climbing and as a metaphor in life.  

One way to interpret this concept is to very consciously pause or slow down when engaging with another person. This might manifest as increased eye contact or slowing your inner dialogue to more fully listen to the other. 

Of course, there are multiple ways to interpret this. Another way is to employ some of the concepts suggested through an "Active Listening" exercise outlined here. Whatever you choose, allow your intuition to guide you.

Pay attention to your inner dialogue as you contemplate this idea and consider writing about or talking to someone about any confusion you may find you have with it.

With connection & warmth,

 


Kind Living inspires people to both recognize
and engage in acts of ordinary kindness.

 
Copyright © 2020 Andy Smallman, All rights reserved.


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