Have you noticed how busy everyone seems to be? So caught up in striving for success and perfection many “just don’t have time” to prepare or eat a healthy meal, talk to their children or sometimes even sleep.
This can even extend to our spiritual lives. We get so caught up looking for God we forget the divine is within us — as close as the air we breathe. All we have to do is connect.
I believe all this striving and running after success, perfection and even God is the reason for the spiritual sickness we see in this world. When was the last time you took a minute to take a deep breath, sit in stillness, and just be? This is important. This is when we hear from Spirit. It is also why our dreams are so important. Sometimes our sleep is the only time Spirit can reach us.
I know we live in a world where taking time to be still is considered a weakness. People who do this may even be called “lazy.” But taking time to rest our body, mind, and spirit and listen for guidance from Spirit is actually where we find our true strength.
I will leave you with this reminder from the Jewish/Christian Holy Bible.
There is a place I sometimes go to in my mind during meditation. There are times I will find an actual physical place that takes me there instantly. The Holy Family Shrine near Gretna Nebraska is one of those places. Situated on a hilltop there is a magnificent view. I remember sitting in awe during Taize worship there at sunset, watching the sky catch on fire while singing beautiful scriptures and prayers. The Shrine is also the inspiration for In the Secret Place. At the actual Shrine the water flows to the Chapel while in my art piece it flows out of it. The white pieces in the border are printed with scriptures related to stillness and meeting with God.
We live in a world where it can be extremely difficult to be still. Every minute of the day we are being bombarded with external stimuli and constant messages to do more and be more.
I am blessed with being extremely sensitive to sensory stimuli. No, it doesn’t always feel like a blessing when I am going into overload with sounds that are too loud, lights too bright and small movements that feel like an earthquake. Many times it seems there is nowhere to go to escape. Even many churches have extremely loud music and images flashing on screens.
The blessing is I know that if I do not find a quiet place to withdraw from the world and go within harm will be done to my body. We cannot live in a constant state of sensory overload without damage being done. The sad part if this is many people do not realize this truth.
Take time throughout the day to find stillness. Arrive at destinations a little early. Sit in your quiet car and focus on your breath for a few minutes. Make time for meditation and slow, gentle focused physical activity. Escape the noise and busyness of our modern world and just be still. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you.