Welcome to Spring! This is Dorothy, and Spring is my favourite time of year. It brings new growth, longer days, and - for me - exciting possibilities. How do you feel? How do you start your day? Do you take time to be still? Do you go gently into the day? Or, do you scramble out of bed, having hit the snooze button numerous times, rush out without breakfast, and spend the rest of the day in a breathless wonder, without time to pause? Not so long ago, my lifestyle was the last scenario, with sporadic, albeit brief, "quick fix" attempts to take time out for me.
Insightful words by Neale Donald Walsh, author of the Conversations with God books, suggest a solution:
"Take an hour every day at dawn and give it to yourself. Meet your Self there, in the holy moment. Then go about your day. You will be a different person."
How can we move from a frenzied lifestyle to making it a priority to pause before facing the world? Is it simple? Perhaps not. But, we can perhaps take simple steps, one at a time. Instead of an hour, as Walsh suggests, start with 5 minutes. After all, we do honour appointments with others. So marking it on your calendar and keeping it as a commitment is honouring you.
Another solution comes from Dr. Deepak Chopra. While appearing on a television program he was asked how one started being more spiritual. He replied, "Each morning, sit in silence for 5 - 10 minutes and ask two questions - 'Who Am I', and 'What Do I Want'". He assured listeners that for the rest of the day answers would come.
So reflect on what you want to bring into your life, or what you would like to release. Consider this month as a spring tune-up time. Have a beautiful Easter, enjoy the blossoms of Springtime, spend time with you, and may you exuberantly greet each and every day with "Good Morning World... Here I am!"
Until next time... this is Dorothy... Namasté.
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada