I realize it was relatively recently that I was daydreaming about having a do-nothing day, but my need for rest and quiet seem insatiable these days and I am very much ready to nap. Here’s my ode to resting in the middle of a sunny winter’s afternoon. The heat is sputtering from old steam radiators and the warmth of the sun through glass is nearly enough to make me forget that it’s freezing outside.
Along with the nap and the sunshine, other things to daydream about:
A print of a new sun.
A fresh duvet cover in natural linen.
A newspaper to read at my leisure.*
A body in beeswax that just might be too good to burn.
A tea pot for company.
An open hearted blend for wishful thinking.
Poems, for escaping.
In an effort to ground this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth, here’s something to inspire a changed perspective regarding rest: Tricia Hersey founded The Nap Ministry in 2016 with the belief that “rest is a form of resistance,” especially because of the ways it disrupts capitalism and white supremacy. Through performance art, site-specific installations, community organizing, and the use of social media, The Nap Ministry names sleep deprivation as a racial and social justice issue. You can follow along via Twitter and Instagram.
* Image of the newsprint broadside from Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson; one of my favorite people to follow (and listen to) on this internet and a signer of Climate Power 2020’s open letter to the new administration: President Biden: You can be the Climate President.
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