Someone brought up this phrase in our Relief Society (church) Zoom meeting last week that I’ve been holding close.
She talked about how she was reading something about ministering (something we do in our church to serve and care for one another) and found the phrase “take time.” She was talking about taking time out to get to know the women she was assigned to minister to, but that particular phrase really hit me. The concept of “taking time” seems to get squeezed out of my daily life a lot. I just go from one thing to the next, not stopping to think or get guidance and direction as much as I should.
It made me contemplate how grateful I am for my new little “habit” (inspired by Atomic Habits) to take time to meditate each morning that has started to change that. I decided I would get up ten minutes earlier than I really needed to, and “take time” to meditate. But really, my meditation is mostly communing with God. Part of the time I do this meditation:
(Well, that won’t link so go HERE for the link.)
I have shared it before, (my sister Saydi introduced me to it), but it is SO GOOD.
I LOVE that it says to visualize that light (that is inside you) guiding a path of gratitude for you. “See that each interaction …and each person you meet can feel this light radiating from you and be lovingly touched by it.” That’s my favorite part.
Then I kneel right here by this ottoman and pray…commune with God for the rest of my set aside meditation time.
…asking for guidance and direction. The thing that is key and that has helped the most is to have that little notebook right there with me: a place to write down those nudges and promptings I get.
This practice has changed much about how my days unfold, and I really, really like it.
Ok, so it’s only been two weeks, and I’m sure I’ll mess up and maybe I will rework things. Oh I am all about those “second chances,” because boy, do I ever need a lot of them! But for now it is making such a difference and I am learning so much. I’ve tried to meditate for years and years (and I still don’t even know how to really meditate the way it’s supposed to be done…please someone send me advice and wisdom if you know how…I know you’re supposed to think of nothing, but how can you really think of nothing?? I have a lot to learn!).
This is working for now. Maybe because it’s only for ten minutes. And maybe because it started with only a week commitment to try it out. But I have sure gained a deeper appreciation for that phrase: “Take time.”