Sunday, February 6, 2011

Take Time To Slow Down

How busy are you? Does it seem like you're on the go every waking moment, from the time your alarm clock goes off to the time your head hits the pillow? If so, what are the consequences of that? Often they are stress, worry, and being out of touch with ourselves.

Perhaps you take a few minutes each day for a time of prayer or meditation. Some people take 30 minutes, some take 5. If you haven't practised being still for a long time, if ever, you can start by doing meditation or prayer as you walk to work, shop for groceries, do the dishes. Try taking slower steps, and as you do, connect with those emotions you are feeling and allow yourself to feel them just as they are. These are times for being with yourself and with God. Maybe you're more of an imagery kind of person and would like to picture yourself as a little child being held by your mother, or leaning on your lovers shoulder. Maybe short sentences or affirmations would be best for you, such as "I am God's child and therefore I inherit absolute peace and love." Or maybe you just need to be perfectly silent and give yourself permission to feel what you are feeling.

As you practise having moments like this, you may find yourself wanting to expand the time by several minutes.

These are moments where time seems to slow down or stop completely. In these moments there is no job to complete, no assignment to finish, no kids to feed. These moments only belong to you and God. Everyone says they want to live in the present moment but how many of us really do that? I know I oftentimes don't.

It's time for peace.

It's time for love

It's time to slow down.