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.
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Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of This is My Body: From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey Into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit, and Deeper Faith (Convergent/Random House 2015).