My dearest ladies,
This weekend, I challenge you to do something that brings your heart to a stillness. I’m not talking about doing things to escape reality or to numb our feelings. I’m talking about having a peaceful heart, that is ready to love. A true peace that exists despite all external chaos.
Perhaps we can start with a question: What makes you restless? Is there something YOU can change? Can you take a step back? Lighten your load? Move it to another day? Reach out for help?
Just like there are things that rid us of peace, there are things that help us obtain it. To give you a few ideas, here are some of the things that bring me peace:
Letting go of needing to know all of the answers, short periods of silence, birds chirping, cool/calm weather, certain candles, drawing, time in the chapel, removing items from my to-do list that can wait, getting enough sleep, thinking before I speak, drinking my favorite tea, soft blankets, calm/neutral music, going on walks without a time limit, talking with people I trust, writing in my journal, writing blog posts, doing tasks slowly, using my creativity.
Although these are all helpful tools when it comes to slowing down my mind and easing my heart, it is always meant to lead me back to Him. In the end, the giver of peace is Christ so, it is ultimately SOMEONE that brings us peace, and not SOMETHING. As St. Augstine says “our heart is restless until it rests in you”.
Nevertheless, we may sometimes need things that help us slow down our pace. From my experience, when I am calm and not riddled with fear and anxiety, I am so much more open to listening to and living out His word. His word is what guides me to a life of authentic fulfilment.
So, my dear sisters, giving ourselves time to engage in a calming activity can help us ground ourselves, which then allows us to participate in life more fully. “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” (Romans 14:19)