Places Of Calm…

Right now I am trying to be in a place of calm, a place where I can chill out and then handle the chaos of life better. You don’t just get it overnight; you have to work at it. It’s a daily struggle. Jackee Harry

Meditation: My life is very full with working a full-time plus a part-time job and driving teenage girls all over to get them to where they need to go. At times it is challenging for me not to lose myself in the hectic of daily life. I have developed a few coping mechanisms that help me stay calmer and if possible differentiated from the stress I find myself in. The first are “power naps” of 20 minutes or so. Those short naps allow me to “dip into my unconscious” and shed some of the emotional overload of my life. The second is “physical stretching/Yoga” of about 5-10 minutes at a time. Feeling my body again in the midst of intense stress helps me be present with myself more consciously again. And thirdly I pray all throughout my day for a few seconds or minutes at a time to connect with God. Praying gives me the sense that I am not alone. Prayer lowers my anxiety. I am reminded that I am being held in the midst of my daily stress and chaos. And so, sleep, stretching and praying are “the Trinity” of my coping. This is how I usually recharge and stay balanced in the midst of my very busy days.

Prayer: God, thank You for the ways in which You rejuvenate me daily. Thank You for sleep, for my body stretching while feeling alive and for being able to talk to and connect with You at anytime. You help me stay in balance. You are my place of calm. Remind me of what works for me to become re-energized and stay sane in the midst of a sometimes “insane” schedule. Amen

Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart. Isaiah 7:4a (NIV)