Spend a half hour today, just being. How many of us do that? How many of us are terrified of doing that? How many of us crave doing that? Try to think of the last time you spent even 15 minutes just being who you are, fully. Not watching TV, not scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed, not looking for a new blog to read, not waiting for someone to come home, not planning the next day’s menu in your head, not worrying about paying the electric bill, not trying to live up to someone else’s standards. What would it be like to spend a full 30 minutes just being yourself? Living every minute of that chunk of time as a human, filled with as much light as a morning sky glowing with promise, immersed in the earth’s rhythms, and connected to your version of God and community, consistently intentional about what you are agreeing to and what you are supporting with your choices. What if we got to the point where we could live every half hour that way?
So many of us are living so quickly that it seems an impossible task, to take even 30 minutes to be fully immersed in what matters to us. But even if we do take that half hour to just be, what are we doing the other 23.5 hours of the day when we are rushing around, scrambling to get “important things” done, working ourselves into a frenzy, only to crash at the end of day into a stupor, unable to do more than wish for the weekend to come faster? Making ends meet, doing the dishes, taking care of the kids, commuting, worrying about what might happen tomorrow, regretting what happened yesterday……..the list could go on for pages. It has to be possible to live every minute of life fully alive and full of intent to be authentic and present. To simply be who we are — even when we ARE doing the dishes. Perhaps especially then.
What can you do today to help you remember to be your authentic, light-filled self?