My journey toward "be still" continued when a friend selected the book, "How to
be Here" by Rob Bell for our Thursday morning time. What a great book encouraging you to really learn to be present in the moment. His analogy of each day being like a cursor at the beginning of a blank document on your computer, full of potential and possibility just waiting for you to be, up to you to create. It continued my mindshift toward "me."
Wednesday evening we had our first session. Almost 20 people showed up on a dark, stormy night, pretty incredible considering just a few short months ago our congregation frequently had less than 40 in attendance on any given Sunday. Twenty people hungry for help in reducing their stress, looking for a way to lift the dark veil of depression, believing that their bodies could heal from chronic pain...twenty people tired of the busy and ready to give this mindfulness thing a try.
For me, I am so excited to be learning to meditate. You can read the books but having someone actually share their story of meditation with you, someone who has studied with a Zen Master, someone who has had the dark lifted, someone who has seen the benefits in their health makes a huge difference. We were challenged to spend just 10 minutes each day in mediation. Ten short minutes to just breathe, what a gift! "Me" ditation time coupled with a renewed prayer life, I look forward to seeing what happens in my life. Be watching...this crazy blessed girl is believing that this time mindfulness will take and I can take a step back from the busy and truly "be here now" for my family.