A New Leaf

Ponderings in Changing Seasons

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Staying Patient in the Process


Heard this recently that we might have some 60K thoughts a day ~ that’s SIXTY THOUSAND!  If I figure that right, that’s over forty thoughts which may motivate, inspire, bombard, plague with worry or fear in a minute!

Is it any wonder then that we women are frustrated and anxious about “all that we have to do”?  Remember, too, that as wives, mothers, daughters, employees, volunteers ~ contributing members of a frenetic society ~ we have all those thoughts with a multitude of interruptions, even disruptions.  From anything as simple as a toddler wanting a “cuppa water” to a major tragedy, we assimilate into our minds ~ and hearts ~ a multitude of disjointed thoughts.  How do we calm our minds to resist the hamster wheel of emotions that come along with those thoughts in the onslaught?

And men, too, are afflicted.  As husbands, fathers, sons, employees, volunteers you share in this.  Your interruptions, your disruptions may look different, may sound different, but these have the same ill effect on hearts and minds.  Your responsibilities cry out from the streets and the rooftops to hurry, the hasten, to “grab with gusto” all that you can get.  You men are not immune to the pressures of your multitude of thoughts.

Imagine with me now, if you will a River scene:  cool, tranquil, natural.  Sit down here a bit with me.  Find a rock or a grassy spot that invites you to just rest awhile.  Observe what is happening in your state of mind as you observe the movement of the water, the movement of the breeze upon the water creating heaps of water here and there, the flight of the birds round about and above the water.  See in your mind’s eye the leaves of the trees catching the breeze.  There is quiet here, though the random call of the birds and the splash of the water lapping the shore intervenes.  These rhythmic sounds create more of an interlude than an interruption.

Breathe in.  Breathe out.  Breathe in.  Breathe out.  Ahhhhh!

Repeat. Ahhhhh!

In just these few moments this is breath-bringing focus, this breath-bringing life.  Close your eyes, if you wish.  Ahhhhh!

Observe carefully as you re-enter your here and now this calming of your heart, this calming of your mind.  What happened during these moments that you took to re-focus, to simply breathe deeply?  Did your thoughts slow?  Are there fewer of them now than before you imposed this rest for your mind?  Or, maybe they are just more ordered, more cohesive.  Do you feel more peace-filled?

As you go forward now into the continuation of this day, carry with you the remembrance that you can push the pause button in  your mind, if you choose.  You can bring yourself this gentle gift of Moment Vacations, permitting patience for yourself and others.

 Always be humble and gentle.  Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. – Ephesians 4:3[NLT]