Photo credit: Neal Cooper (CNP Safaris)
Lions are mainly nocturnal and are reputed to spend as much as 20 hours a day resting. This is when they seem to enjoy one anothers company with loads of touching, head rubbing and licking. This activity generally peaks after dusk with a period of socializing, grooming, and bonding. Intermittent bursts of activity follow through the night hours until dawn, when hunting most often takes place. They spend an average of two hours per day walking and 50 minutes eating.
Following a large meal, male lions may actually sleep an entire 24 hours of a day. Female lions are not far behind their male counterparts. They will easily sleep 15 to 18 hours a day.
Preparing for the intense business of hunting and killing for a living does require sufficient rest and it is during these periods of rest that intentional efforts are made to strengthen bonds, relationships and alliances. Nature again shows us the way. You cannot hunt continuously. Hunger need to be the driving force and rest is a prerequisite for continued success.
Our world is different. We are so busy and we like that about ourselves. We also hate that about ourselves. Ask someone how they're doing and you're likely to hear something along the lines of "You have no idea how crazy it has been" or "There is just so much to do" “I just can’t keep up”
Sadly, some of us will stay busy for the rest of our lives because we worship it. We take pride in being busy. We associate being busy with having value and having a sense of worth because we equate it with being productive. Our unrelenting hectic schedules eventually chip away at our physical, emotional and spiritual health. We all need rest.
We also live in a culture of sensory overload and continuous connectivity. We need to be available 24/7 and technology and social media have shaped our lives in a profound way. So it’s no wonder we have a tough time finding time for ourselves.