Today, let's focus on where we find calm.
Find a quiet space. Sit up tall, and close your eyes. Set a timer for one to two minutes per movement so that you can be fully present (or increase the time if you want a longer experience).
First, pay attention to God.
Take slow, deep breaths. Focus on the spot that you feel the breath in your body. Settle into the presence of Jesus.
- As you breathe in, think, "You remain in me..."
- As you breathe out, think, "... and I remain in You" (1 John 4:13).
Second, ponder your inner world.
Process the following with Jesus:
- Where have my connections with people overwhelmed my connecting with you, Jesus?
- Talk to Jesus about your distractions and neglect that have rearranged your priorities.
- Listen to what Jesus has to say to you.
Third, prepare to love others.
Ask Jesus to help you answer the following:
- Are there areas of my life where I need to limit my connections to others (amount of meetings, social media/news intake)?
- Spend some time imagining how my primary connection with Jesus would change my interactions with others.
A closing prayer:
Father, you are omnipresent, and I trick myself into thinking I can be in all places, for all people, at all times.
Jesus, I repent of overextending my mind, digesting too much information.
Of overworking my schedule, attempting too much productivity.
Of overtaxing my body, propping myself up with too much caffeine.
Remind me that I'm not God. Unburden me from the weight that You alone can carry. And with a manageable load, free me to pray, love, and connect with others more genuinely.
Peace be with you until next week,
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