Who are we kidding? Life can be very busy. Between juggling responsibilities of work and family and finding time for your personal interests and desires, life can often leave you feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and alone.
If you and I are going to be people that cultivate clarity of action in our lives so that we know what is important in our lives today, we must begin by tilling the fertile soil of purpose and being.
“How do we know what is important now?” and “How do we discover our purpose?” you may be asking.
And these are very good questions.
Richard Rohr, in his book Everything Belongs, would challenge us to journey to the core of our being. However, he warns us, “We do not find our own center; it finds us. Our own mind will not be able to figure it out.” He goes on to say, “We do not think ourselves into a new ways of living. We live ourselves into new ways of thinking.”
That, my friend, is a very profound and life changing statement.
This week I invite you to start your day with a very simple meditation that Richard Rohr took from the ancient Psalms. Begin by focusing your attention on your breath gently filling your lungs and then flowing back out into the world as you breathe rhythmically through your nose and slowly speak:
Be still and know that I am God
Be still and know that I am
Be still and know
Do it again and this time speak the meditation with your arms extended wide, lifted toward the heavens.
Repeat five times and give your mind and body permission to fully rest into this moment. Relax into this moment like you are resting in a hammock after a long day of work.
And before you leave this place of rest and rejuvenation and go to work, ask yourself: “What do I notice is different now?”
Today’s Unitas Project:
- To further develop your clarity of purpose and being, visit calm.
Until next time…
Be You. Be Unitas.
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