Active Rest

Sleep and recreation have a legitimate place in human affairs, but time and again they don't really rest and refresh us, and we wonder why. This is because we fail to recognize that our state of mind is the determining factor in all our experience, and that unless our thinking is peaceful and harmonious no amount of amusement or physical relaxation can really rest and renew us.

Christian Science reveals the nature of true rest, and shows how to attain it. True rest is not found through physical inaction but through becoming alert to spiritual values and actively practicing them in daily life. Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "The struggle for Truth makes one strong instead of weak, resting instead of wearying one." Science and Health, p. 426;

We are not unaided in this struggle. Christian Science shows us that divine Love and its inspiration are always with us to shore up our resolve. As we wrestle with and correct a limited, personal sense of ourselves, and its inertia, egotism, and self-will, we begin to recognize man's true spiritual identity. We see that it is utterly dependent for life and action on God, eternal Truth.

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First Waking Thoughts
October 30, 1971

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