I still remember the day my child had their last nap: Dec. 28, 2003. I never understood why children resist naps; they are the best thing when you need a pick me up. Emma Goldman famously said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution,” but I’m rewriting that sentence to say “If I can’t nap or dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” I think naps are great. Twenty minute naps refresh, re-energize, and reignite your synapses.
My friend SamB, who is also a co-founder of this blog, turned me on to The Nap Ministry. It’s a great blog, focusing on rest for resistance. The Nap Bishop writes:
May a space to daydream and slow down open to you. May you realize the power of taking rest since no one will give it to you. This is why rest is a resistance and a slow meticulous love practice. We must continue deprogramming from grind culture. We must continue not turning away from our own terror. We must deconstruct around the ways we uphold grind culture, capitalism and white supremacy. We must wake up. We will rest.
So go on, set your clock, lie down (or curl up in a chair) and get some Zzzzs.