Sharing with others daily words, thoughts and meditations that bring myself hope and renewal during my own daily battles and frustrations with COPD/Asthma. Sharing, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.
Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some of the same hope in your daily battles with a chronic illness and/or disability as I have within mine….
The Word – “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”” (Mark 6:31, NIV)
The Thought – In life most folks seem to just get too busy, busy with family, work, friends – just busy with life, why is that?
It seems those days are gone when our days would seem to end on a more quiet, conversing time with family over a dinner and then maybe sharing a watch on television or just reading.
Now, it is as if we are running right to the moment we put our head on the pillow to take, and even the putting the head on the pillow is just something which what many think is just required so the body will be ready to redo the busyness in tomorrow.
Why do we not take time to just rest, contemplate, relax the mind of thoughts and rushing traffic of things to do, places to be, items to finish.
Even with those of us battling a chronic illness and/or disability, we too get just busy, busy – sometimes to the point of exhaustion both physically and mentally.
What does all the busyness do to the one thing that really counts – our spiritual strength? All that busyness seems to zap the power to just say “stop, backoff, let us be for a while to rest and relate within ourselves”.
When this writer found that life was beginning the day in such a rush with constant news of turmoil and friction throughout the neighborhood and world, we found that beginning the day with quiet was and has become an invitation to peace, relaxation and most important, in our opinion, a lowering of the much worried about blood pressure.
Find a minimum of one time each day where you can just shut the door and windows on the day and crawl into a space of peace and quiet that fits you.
From that space and quiet, take those deep, slow breathes and just relax. Begin a time of inner meditation with not only with yourself, but also a quiet conversation with the ‘Great Spirits’ and find that a time of rest where you concentrate on nothing but you and your well-being can, should and will be very beneficial in so many ways – physical, mental and spiritual. Odds are better than not that those times will also find a way to see much clearer, the paths needed to take to reach the pinnacle of life and happiness, that being hope, faith, love and grace – all four of which makes even the busiest of times much less a stress on body, mind and spirit.
Those times of rest are and should be of utmost important to any who fight daily battles with a chronic illness and/or disability, because in those lives the extra battles that are fought, add an extra amount of sometimes unnoticeable wear and tear on the physical, mental and spiritual toll beyond what the busyness of a normal life itself can take.
So, no matter the busyness of your day, no matter the battles you seem you are fighting – no amount of hustle and bustle should keep a person from taking that time each and every day to just rest, rest within a quiet time of your life, your mind and your spirit.
When you do, find with amazement the strength in the grip your life will find on hope, faith, love and grace.
The Meditation/Prayer – Many more times than we do, we come to you ‘Great Spirits’ and ask for guidance and wisdom on how to properly, in strength, close the door on all that is happening beyond our own mind, body and soul – so that we may build our own inner strength through these moments of quiet time, reflection and conversation with ourselves and you, ‘Great Spirits’. As we let our breath of life itself quiet come rushing in and then slowly travel back out, taking with it the particles of nonsense that damages our physical well-being, may we be doing the same with our spirit and soul – slowly taking all our thoughts in and then slowly letting go of those which are damaging our days. ‘Great Spirits’ we say thank you for all that you do surround us with in this path of life on earth, while also giving gratitude for our conversations that build the mind, body and spirit in strength of gripping the four fundamentals of life and happiness – hope, faith, love and grace.
And we all say Hallelujah, Amen.
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