I love this picture of The Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt. I especially like the eyes looking from different parts of the tree. I think that's a very good way to understand ourselves and all living beings relative to God. The rest that works is a way to settle in with The Spirit Behind and within all of Life as the branches that we really are.
Ego issues come up when we think of ourselves as independent contractors rather than branches. The branch perspective helps us retain a healthy sense of our individuality while also grounding us in a sense of our oneness in God. We all exist as expressions of a much Greater Being. As such, we are both free and connected (much like individual cells in a body).
I like breath meditation so much because it is a good way to experience key aspects of the branch perspective: I didn't start my breath or my heartbeat. Life did. I don't make them happen either. In fact, it's good that I don't try to take control of every breath and heartbeat. (Can you imagine the self-inflicted hell that would be?). The Spirit behind and within all of Life is undergirding my life all of the time, expressing life through me much like a tree expresses itself through it's branches. I often say, "Life-giving, Great I AM in me, please align the rest of me with You." Then I try to harmonize with the feel of the Creative Forces of God that give life. The graceful, unforced rhythms that give life feel wonderful and provide a good foundation from which to work everyday.
We'll be experimenting with things like that in our next series on the rest that works. I hope that you can come. If not, the books have all of the ideas and practices to try on your own.
Here's a link to the information on the next series:
Thanks and blessings,
(P.S. If you came to an earlier class and would like to come again, please do so. I've had a few people say they might and I think it's a very good idea. It takes time to develop new perspectives and practices. Otherwise, you can come to our monthly rest that works support group that will begin meeting again on the first Sunday of the month starting on Feb. 5th, from 6 - 7:30 pm. Thanks!).