We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal. Thich Nhat Hanh
Meditation: Today my fifteen year old daughter got inspired to clean out her room and start the New Year in a new way. She hauled away bags for Goodwill filled with items from her childhood that had become clutter, and that she felt she no longer needed. For Christmas she had gotten new bedding for her bed. Once she was done, her small room looked clean and clutter free, even spacious. After a long day of preparing, she is now resting and relaxing. These are “holy” (“healing”) days of resting in between the years. The past months had been very challenging for her with many painful growing experiences that teenagers have to go through. These days off are meant for her and for all of us to be a time of resting and relaxing. Besides sleeping long, I am engaging some gentle Yoga and meditation. I am also in need for my body, mind and heart to heal.
Prayer: Healing Spirit, we bring to you all our worries that are left from the old year: Painful experiences, worrisome memories and disheartened thoughts. Gift us with the ability to rest and relax. Be present as we become mindful and still. Wipe the healing tears that stream at times while we meditate. We trust in your presence to heal us from the inside out. Amen
“Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” Thich Nhat Hanh