Just a few moments can change your life.

I stopped and soaked in his peace.
I stopped and soaked in his peace.

In “The Mindful Woman,” Sue Patton Thoele talks about the health and peace, and I add joy, that comes from “mindfulness” – being aware of the moment. When we let go of all that crowds our minds, and allow ourselves to totally focus on the conversation and the person to whom we are talking, amazing things happen. First, we will hear more, and have at least an inkling of the truth behind and within the conversation. We will be able to pick up on the silent messages of tone, facial expression, body language of the other. Second, we will have an awareness of our response to what is being said. Mindfulness enables us to value the encounter and deepens our respect for both ourselves and the other person.

This principle carries truth for us in all of our daily living. When cares, concerns, busyness, responsibilities, sadness totally fill our minds, we miss what is happening around us and our responses to life. When we ignore ourselves, we begin to stop valuing who we are.

Our unconscious mind tries to tell us what is happening. We say things like, “My life is killing me.” “I feel like I’m gradually disappearing.” Still we carry on. We believe we can’t get off this road to nothingness because our responsibilities won’t let us. We don’t have time. We can’t add another thing to our lives.

Mindfulness doesn’t require more time. It requires only an awareness of the time we already have. It begins with choices for moments of awareness. Tonight as I read my grandchild, Alex his bedtime story, I will choose to totally focus on him and the story for at least one moment.  Each time a worry breaks into our precious time together, I will choose to turn my mind back to him, to see the curve of his cheek, to hear his laughter or just to hear him breathe. I will let myself feel my response of love and amazement at the wonder of him. My goal will be to have one moment of valuing him and my love for him as I read tonight. I will do this because I am grateful that God has blessed me with this beautiful grandson, and the two of us with the gift of life. Tiny intentional moments of mindfulness can change our lives.

Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”

 

Let’s Fly

Let’s Fly!

Years ago I enjoyed watching a television show starring a secret agent named MacGyver. Each episode opened with MacGyver receiving an envelope containing a special assignment. The source of that assignment remained a mystery, although we heard a voice at times. MacGyver’s courage in tough situations and his amazing ability to convert everyday articles into the things he needed for escape caught my imagination and love of adventure and creativity. MacGyver never refused an assignment although he knew the risk. He trusted in his skills and abilities. He believed passionately in the world’s need for him to accomplish his task.

As we step into 2015, we need the MacGyver approach to our lives. Each of us has a special assignment from God, unique to us, that is full of risk and adventure. We too have to trust in our ingenuity, our skills, our abilities. Like MacGyver we need to let go of questioning the integrity of God, the giver of our life assignments and focus on the world’s need for us to accomplish our tasks.

Unlike MacGyver, we do not have a choice to accept or not the task of life. God has given us the task of living. We can let fear of failure or even our own safety, or another’s judgment of our journey steal the adventure of living, or we can step forth trusting in God’s guidance, God’s strength and our God-given gifts. St. Paul said “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2Timothy 6-7)

This year, let’s consider ourselves to be God’s secret agents. We can soar on God’s Spirit through our life journey. We can feel the fun. We can bring our creativity to the challenge. We can enjoy our God-given adventure. LET’S FLY!