Ian (aka "Bunz" - I can't get used to his real name, although he assures me most people do use it) is a very old friend, who has seen me go through a lot of changes. I'm particularly thrilled that he decided to contribute to this series, because I know his feelings towards "religion". I'm sure my attachment to such things has tested his tolerance, however I have always known Ian as a man of deep integrity, who cares about justice and truth enough for it to reflect in his life choices. Unlike myself, Ian is juggling blogging with a life ;) - so although he will be available to answer comments, his response may not be immediate.
Rest is a State of Mind
Given the nature of this blog, I feel the need to declare that I am an atheist. For me, there is no being, supreme or otherwise, at the centre of creation. There doesn't need to be. I attribute the joy I receive from the world around me to the realisation that I am as much a part of it as it is of me. And it is in this context, I relate my little story...
Several years ago, I found myself somewhere that I really didn't want to be. I had damaged my knee, and the specialist strongly recommended surgery, partly exploratory, and partly remedial to repair damage to a meniscus. After a few weeks of post-surgical painful restrictive hobbling, the knee began to come good, but my mood didn't. I felt inner tension and exhaustion I couldn't account for, despite getting plenty of rest, re-watching most of the X-Files and a myriad of new movies, sleeping in, relaxing, and lazing about.
Why? I could no longer run. I could no longer walk all day through the bush. It was pursuing these physically exhausting pastimes where, ironically, I could find true rest. In these times, when alone, my body ached with the repetition of one foot following the next, but my mind was free to travel. I would see my place in the cosmos. I would feel at peace with the spirits of nature. I would dream. I would conceive fragments of stories, and optimise C++ algorithms and subroutines. Paradoxically, this was restful in the extreme.
Rest is a state of mind. Find a place where your mind is free, lose yourself from the physical, and true rest will come.
| Ian is an IT professional and all 'round geek. |
His idols are Galileo, Charles Darwin, Frank
Zappa, and Sheldon Cooper. He lives in the
country near Canberra, Australia, where he
and his partner breed horses and kill orcs.