During this first week together I would like for you to try something that may be new. I want you to carve out some time each day to simply sit in stillness. Some of you may already begin your day with prayer, meditation or your own personal quiet time. Personally, my morning quiet time is non-negotiable. It may mean that I have to set my alarm clock anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour early, depending on what is going on, but I have found it’s time well spent.
I have carved out my spot in a favorite chair. I typically have the first cup of coffee and my pup in my lap and it’s a wonderful way to begin the day. For me, this time in this spot is in prayer and devotion time. It is also a time to simply sit and formulate the day. I am not at all saying that my way is your way. I will confess that at times it doesn’t happen, or doesn’t happen as I would like, because life gets in the way. Sometimes my spot gets moved to another place and time in the day. Sometimes it may be a bit of stillness in the parked car in the parking lot of the grocery store. It might be sitting at a redlight, or waiting in carpool line or at a doctor’s office. I don’t think it matters at the end of the day. What matters is that you begin to take a little bit of time each day to simply be with yourself.
If the thought of actually sitting still makes your eye begin to twitch, (I know the feeling, I promise!) start small. Take that time at the redlight, or 5 minutes before your feet hit the floor from your bed, or during your shower, to be with yourself and force yourself to forget the distractions and your “to do” list.
I’m hoping this time will grow on you, and may grow in length, and you may even find yourself rejuvinated, more peaceful, ready to tackle life and even more productive!