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The human body cannot keep up a high level of any kind of activity without some kind of rest or relaxation. And the human brain has the same need, a break in activity and rest. Rest and revitalizing oneself are especially necessary when growing or recovering from illness or other major stressors. For immediate relief one can stop, step back, and take a deep breath; this will work for both our body and our brain for a moment. For a more comprehensive feeling of relief, rest and relaxation are necessary; sleep is appropriate if both mind and body have been stressed for some time, as will massage or meditation. But the body may need a physical activity if the brain has been strongly focused for hours and the brain may need some mental activity if the body has been given an intense workout. Though rest times are most needed during growth times, this is the time the rest will mostly likely be pushed off to the side; this is true not only of humans but of all living things, one can often see a plant growing inches a day and when it has reached a certain height, it will sag just a bit, until it’s watered or the sun feeds it. We humans could take a lesson from plants and animals – instead of pushing on regardless, we might take a moment from working too hard and playing too hard and come up for a breath of air before we collapse and have even more stress introduced into our lives. A moment of rest beats the possible consequences, right?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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