Do you find that you are the “go to” person in your family or your office? The one everyone else counts on to have the answers and solve the problems? Do you sometimes just want to throw up your hands and scream?
During the “dog days of summer” when we are feeling pressed upon from all sides with new projects and unfinished older ones we have been putting aside, we often feel as if all we want to do is just DROP OUT for a while. Of course, we cannot do that. There are too many people counting on us – counting on our being able to hold it together even if they are experiencing similar pressures in their lives.
So, what to do? Breathe. Do it again, and again – slowly and deliberately and bring yourself back in touch with who you really are. You are not the creator of this situation and it really isn’t your problem to solve. Did you hear that? Tell yourself aloud. It really isn’t my problem to solve! Just because you have always stepped in and salvaged situations in the past, doesn’t mean it’s your JOB to do it all the time.
You may have been keeping others from discovering their own potential and solutions. It might be a new concept, but how about empowering them to work it out themselves. If you must, give them a point in the right direction, then step back.
Step away and breathe into your center. You need this time to focus on what IS yours to accomplish instead of spreading yourself to assist others so that your own tasks remain incomplete. Focus on one step at a time. It is really that simple.
Breathe. Do it again – feel the air, cool and crisp, enter your lungs and expand them. Breathe into your fingertips and into your toes. Fill you body with the cleansing fresh awareness of the vital essence of life.
As we mindfully choose what we bring to our awareness and into our lives, we become conscious of the simple beauty of a single breath. That opens our minds to beauty and simplicity all around us and brings an acknowledgment and an awakening to the realization that living simply, noticing the lovely and tiny moments in our lives highlights the act of centering.
And the very essence of centering is prayer.
We become aware that being still and quiet – deepening into our inner being-ness – we discover that being alone and listening for God’s voice is the guidance we have been seeking all along. Centering removes us from the turmoil of our day-to-day thinking and brings us directly to what is really important.
You may already pray every day – sometimes it may be a short “Thank you, Lord!” while other times you take the time to focus on a prayer for someone and something specific. But centered prayer is a deeper meditative practice that you can only accomplish when you take the time to set aside all other thoughts and tasks.
In those times you find the blessings that are specifically meant for you. Those are the moments when you can focus on questions such as, “What do I want to do with the rest of my life?” or, “Where am I going from here?” and “Am I being true to God’s design for my life?”
Give yourself a gift today – find a peaceful place and make time to be quiet and get in touch with yourself. You are that very blessing that you give yourself!