It must be Advent. (Or it could be in the midst of chaos of any season.)
How can we find time for peace?
How can we find time for God?
Let’s review Nancy’s ideas. (And is it okay if I build on them?)
- Go out and notice something in nature. (Even if it’s just a bunch of rocks.) Set a recurring timer (to go off when it will be okay to be interrupted). When it rings, go for a daily walk. Find a truly beautiful article. Allow yourself to fill with awe. Yes! God made this!
- Take time for prayer. (Be like Jesus?) How about a different way of praying? Breath prayer: This sort of prayer brings yourself to quiet rest. Start by relaxing (do your best!). Focus on your breath. Silently recite a word (or words) over and over. Try the Aramaic word that means “Come Lord” – Maranatha. Break it into four syllables:
Breath In: Ma
Breath Out: Ra
Breath In: Na
Breath Out: Tha
When your mind drifts, bring yourself gently back.
- Practice grace and forgiveness… towards yourself! Rather than piling up accusations against yourself (I should have… I am such an idiot… Why didn’t I… ) Try loading your brain with positive, helpful thoughts. Phrases like:
- Sometimes I make mistakes. I can learn from them.
- Most decisions in life involve tradeoffs.
- I chose not to buy the most expensive gift.
Want to change your prevailing viewpoint? Give yourself compassion and change your self-talk!
- Make a point to be spontaneously kind. Print a calendar page for December. (Click on the underlined words to go and get one to print.) Each day write something you’ve done to be helpful.
Want a different idea to promote a randomly caring attitude? Try “RACK” (Random Acts of Christmas Kindness).
May one of these activities help you to find peace (and God with you) in this busy season!
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