Whether lifting weights or training for a marathon, rest is critical to physical exercise. Why would the same not be true of spiritual exercise? Take a day to not worry about keeping up with your prayers and meditations, with keeping feasts or fasts, and just rest. If you end up praying or reflecting, fine, but just keep from striving for anything.
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.