Several years ago, I came to understand that daily prayer, meditation, and reflection bring me a sense of being grounded and at peace. However, instilling a daily practice takes commitment, perseverance, and work. Again and again, I fail to maintain a routine and regularly find myself in a state of anxiety and far from the presence of God and my inner wellspring of wisdom and strength. When this happens, my focus intensifies on my problems, and I struggle to view life through the lens of gratitude and peace.
This morning, in one of my daily readings, I was struck by a different approach to dealing with problems and gaining inner peace. Rather than being frightened and focusing on the problems focus instead on what has already been achieved and become aware of God’s presence in this doing. In trying this simple approach, I was able to reframe my current challenges and see achievements in dealing with them. In so doing I unexpectedly experienced a sense of inner peace, comfort, and calm.
I am once again reminded that learning is an ongoing journey with struggles and new strategies being steps on the way to growth and inner peace.
It is my prayer to you and to myself that we be open to listening to and hearing the deep inner voice and the voices of wisdom to be found all around us. Blessing to you this day – Jenny
yes it is so strange how we make ‘work’ out of something that delivers so much benefit for so little effort really – I find the same – always amazed at how calmer I feel after only 10 mins of mindfulness..crazy creatures we are …
Yes the calmness from mindfulness makes such a positive difference to my day – short input for such a positive outcome. The challenge for me is let go of the struggle and establish a routine!