For your consideration…..

Each day under the “Bit by bit….”section of this blog we are asked to “meditate/pray.” This is something we can do for ourselves that is priceless in value. Today we are asked to think about why we don’t do that. Why don’t people take the time each and every day to be still?

I was reminded of a conversation I had with Mac, my granddaughter, only this week. I mentioned earlier in the week an experience she had at camp where 400 teenagers were asked to go find a place and be silent and still. She described how powerful those moments were. Our conversation continued as I told her how I have noticed that as students get older they are less and less comfortable with closing their eyes and just being still. I told her how troubling that was to me.

We have to ask why. Why do we avoid the stillness versus seek it out?

Perhaps we are afraid. We are afraid because we don’t know where we are going or what our life purpose is. Or perhaps we do, but we don’t know how to get there. Or we know how but we are ashamed because we are procrastinating. Maybe we have done something we don’t want to face up to or own. Or maybe we are afraid of our feelings and facing them in the stillness.

If we are afraid or feel we have to avoid stillness, it is because we are listening to our ego. Our ego is the basis of all fear because it is constantly judging.

When we ask our ego to step down, (Yes, we actually can do that and it must obey.) we can see what is true. In the stillness we come face to face with our authentic self. We come face to face with our truth. It is never judgmental. It is always loving and peaceful and we are instilled with a knowing that even if we don’t know where we are going, it is all good. There are no coincidences. Our path will be laid out before us. In stillness we keep the flames of faith, HOPE and love. In stillness we feel our power and our confidence ignite and fuel our growth. Anything is possible.

We are told today that taking the time to be still is as necessary to our spirit as food and water to our body. Take time everyday to be still, alone with yourself.

That is the HOPE. And so it is.

Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take….

-Meditate/pray…ask…”What is my next step for my highest good and the highest good of all?”

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-Drink lots of water.

-Be silent with nature.

What made me smile yesterday…..

-A fun lunch with Mac and Taylor.

-Mac…she’d rather be outside than in and makes her own fun.

-Mac and Kaila after volleyball camp. “We’re about the only 2 that have never played before but we don’t look it. We could be really good at this.” I love the confidence.

-Talking with my Sis, Lori.

-Catching up with Yvonne and Alex.

Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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