Many of us have made our lives so ‘busy’ because we have fallen into the trap of believing that being busy is a good thing. “The devil finds work for idle hands,” is an expression my mom used to say. Yet, most of the great religions in the world, including Christianity, discovered that our bodies, our minds, our souls are craving for quiet, for periods of great silence.
A large sign hangs in our retreat center with a quote from Mother Teresa, “Souls of great prayer are souls of great silence.” This is counter-cultural for our western world which thrives on busyness.
It’s much easier to be busy than to discover who you truly are and tap into the greatness that’s already you. Today’s message: SLOW DOWN.
As a child, I learned to become a people pleaser. Even though I wasn’t aware of it, what I really craved was love and acceptance. Through the dysfunctions of life I adopted the paradigm that love was conditional. You had to earn it. So, I pleased as many people as would allow me.
As an adult it transferred to also doing the “right thing”. Even failing became the right thing, because to some it meant you were at least out there trying, and I pleased them too. With God, I was afraid to do the wrong thing in case it displeased God.
Learning to calm and silence my mind, when it needed to be, helped me to drop all that from my body like old clothing. I became aware of the real and true me. I came into a deeper knowing of God and my awareness of what oneness with God and everything developed.
Although I still struggle at times with the need to please, my belief in and the awareness of who I truly am has evolved. It was in there already. I just had to rediscover it.
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