August 30, Sunday and a rest from our daily workout. Our workouts are so short and sweet you could easily make today an active rest by doing something physical but fun. But however you plan to rest today, it is good to take a break from our workout routine, both from the perspective of results and from the perspective of sustainability. For me personally, I am terrible at resting, and so I am trying to teach myself all the different ways to rest and restore myself. During my vacation, I worked hard at not working hard. I found one of the keys to resting for me was being present in the moment. I found the constant worries about the past and the future were one of the major drains on my energy reserves. After many days of practicing the old mantra, “be here now”, I felt much more relaxed, rested, and restored. It was in this state of gratitude and open receptivity that I meet my bird friend. We were on the national seashore with not a building or person in sight. As we set up our umbrella, a gull came up close. At first I worried the bird was hurt as it seemed so unafraid of us, and almost like it was trying to communicate with us. Then I thought maybe it was hungry. It had no interest in my food, although it would peck at the food if it was in my hand, but had absolutely no interest if it was on the ground. Now I began to wonder if the bird was a bit of the spirit of someone I knew. The long and short of it all was that the bird hung out with us for 2 and a half hours, taking a nap under our umbrella, and standing by the shore as we swam for 40 minutes, and gently touching my leg with its beak while I gently touched its back. It felt mystical and fun and special. Our best guess is that our bird was a adolescent Great Black-backed Gull. There are many practical rewards to resting, including that when we truly let ourselves rest, we create a different vibration which can open up new possibilities. My unique reward was an opportunity to make friends with a wild bird. What new experiences will your rest create for you?