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Finding Rest From Self

Our jobs stress us out. Our spouses/significant others stress us out. Our friends stress us out. Even our dogs stress us out. But, presumably, you stress you out more than any of the other units in your life. Whoever originally coined the phrase, “wherever you go, there you are,” graciously delivered a timeless knockout punch […]

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Thoughts by Henri Nouwen

“Walking through one of the buildings where I hadn’t been before, I came across a reproduction of Hazard Durfee’s beautiful flute player with the text by Henry David Thoreau: ‘Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps […]

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A First for IJM and TRI

A few weeks ago marked the beginning of a new chapter for both The Rest Initiative and International Justice Mission. TRI had the privilege of helping facilitate IJM’s first reentry retreat for the interns and fellows who have served in one of their field offices. IJM has always cared well for their staff and this […]

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“The very act of resting is the hardest and most courageous act he can perform.”

“There are times, then, when in order to keep ourselves in existence at all we simply have to sit back for a while and do nothing. And for a man who has let himself be drawn completely out of himself by his activity, nothing is more difficult than to sit still and rest, doing nothing […]

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​​6 Tips for Self Care While Living Abroad

When we move abroad we all hope—at least I did—that we will be the kind of people who integrate seamlessly into the local culture. We’ll tell jokes in the local language over ​cassava fries and warm beer (or whatever the local snack happens to be) and move fluidly between our compatriots and our cross-cultural friends. […]

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