As the winter solstice approaches may we learn well from the lessons of nature on how to rest. Not the sort of resting we may think of initially that we mistakenly label as lazy or ineffectual or selfish, probably even unnecessary. But the sort of resting that contains a great sense of importance, wisdom, and purpose. Nature does not rest without intention. Nature rests to continue its varied and diverse manifestations in order to sustain its dependents – animals, plants, minerals, us. The beauty of the gentle waters, fragrant trees, and penetrating skies relies on the art of resting – on the ability to be set free in the stillness between breaths.