Growing in Spirituality.
A lot has transpired these past few months. I am not going to lie, it has been quite tough undergoing adapting to a new work environment (Yes, I'm finally employed!), loss and grieving over a loved one, spending time with family and friends in hopes to balance work and play, and practicing self care. With everything happening at once, of course, my natural reaction is to be overwhelmed; as I usually am.
I can usually tell that I am overwhelmed when thoughts suddenly bombard at speedy rates. It is hard to keep up, and by the end of it all, I've exerted all of my energy in trying to keep my thoughts and feelings at bay that I end up with no juice left to perform my other tasks. Very counterproductive, huh?
Amidst all of that, I've found solace in Quiet Time. Usually, I would meditate and practice mindfulness; oftentimes, I listen in and pray for my intentions for the day. Most people find the stillness of quiet quite demanding, despite it requiring absolutely no effort. Nowadays, I find that we're always on the go that having some quiet time alone, reflecting and being aware of our thoughts, scare people away because they feel either:
1) Unproductive because spending moment in stillness and silence is doing NOTHING
2) They have not been alone with their thoughts, uninterrupted, for quiet some time that they shy away from it
Personally, spending just an hour before I start working, as I usually have an hour to spare, for quiet time really sets the pace for my day. The positive side effects I feel, thus far, are the following: I do not feel rushed, I am working on a steady pace, I am more focused; hence I block out the noise happening around me, I inhale the positive and exhale the negatives, and so much more! A work day doesn't require you to be tip-tapping away on your keyboard for eight hours straight. That is not working hard, nor working smart.
With this practice, I also found that I have grown to be more open to the idea of growing spiritually; that is working on listening to Him for the day, and sharing with Him my anxieties, self-image and how I can possibly improve it, and offering a prayer for my family and friends to whom I am eternally grateful for. Praying and listening has also increased my gratefulness, as I focus more on the little things that bring joy in my life.
I'm not saying that I have it down perfect, because everyday, it is something that I'm striving for. In my practice, I take time every morning as soon as I wake up to smile, and acknowledge the day. I say a tiny prayer, thanking Him for the little things in life, and ending with "and Lord, I lay unto you all my anxieties and worries. I trust in you. Today will be a great day".
Today will be a great day.
Sometimes, that's all it takes, a smile, and a reassurance from our Creator to make it all better.