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Movement and Repose


Jesus said: “If they say to you, ‘Where have you come from?’ say to them, ‘We came from the light, the place where the light generated itself and established itself, and has been made manifest in their image.’ If they say to you, ‘Is it you?’ say ‘We are its children, and we are the chosen of the Living Father.’ If they ask you, ‘What is the sign of your Father in you?’ say, ‘It is movement and repose.’” 


~Gospel of Thomas 50:1-3


These early writers wrestled with what it took to strike a balance. For them, in order to reconcile their work, a connection to an outside Source was important, for the light was not created by them but by a higher power. And they knew that in order to continue to be a light in the world, it took both action and rest– movement and repose. It took listening as much as it took doing; it took watching and waiting as much as it took rallying and marching. Sometimes we get caught up in trying to figure out what we can “do” instead of looking to see how we can “be.” But what if we took a hint from these ancient thinkers and took our rest time, our “being” time, our down time as seriously as we took our actions?


~Natalie R. Perkins


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