Can we find God in the waiting?
I’m not sure what happened, maybe I finally got my butt kicked enough or I’m just plain tired and worn out or maybe I had half a glass too much of wine last night…..but I think I finally got it (for today anyway). There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING I can do to hasten along this house search, the progress of the divorce, the publication of my book, the growth of my business. I QUIT. Not really, but for today I feel the distinct call to DO NOTHING. I have searched house listings, gone on house tours, done all I can that needs to be done to make our divorce safe and legal, I have completed the editing of the first pass pages of my manuscript and shipped them off to the publisher, and I have networked, networked and networked to grow my business. There is nothing more I can do but WAIT for all these seeds I have planted to germinate, take root, grow and produce fruit. How un-Western of me, un-pragmatic, un-cola.
So, for today, I am making a commitment to DO NOTHING. (Ok, I do have a client tonight and our Monday meditation group….but that stuff is just plain fun!) But what does it mean to DO NOTHING? As I contemplate this question, I think I hear God whispering, “Lauri, you have done all that you can do and the rest is out of your hands. Now, will you just give yourself permission to spend a day to simply be with me?” AHHHHHH Now that sounds like a magnificent day….a day to simply be with God. But, what does that look like?
For each of us, “being with God” has different meanings. Determining what this means is part of the exploring part of the spiritual journey, the results of which are unique and deeply personal. I cannot say what being with God means for you, but I’ll give you an idea of what it means to me:
- Practicing my “morning pages” (a spiritual discipline of freehand, free form writing as popularized by Julia Cameron in her book, “The Artist’s Way”)
- Tending to my daily meditation practice
- A walk outside in the MAGNIFICENT fall folliage
- Practicing writing poetry
- Playing the piano – JUST BECAUSE
- slintegration (a spiritually intentional NAP)
- chanting mantra – JUST BECAUSE
- Playing with chant composition
- More meditation
- More writing
- Maybe a little collage creation
- Cooking something fun – JUST FOR FUN
In a nutshell….DOING NOTHING and BEING WITH GOD for me means PLAYTIME! And…..as a recovering PERFECTIONIST – Play is something that has never been easy for me. So for today, I will spend the day in PLAY with God. HOW COOL IS THAT????
When do you take time to DO NOTHING
How can you find God in times of NOTHING but PLAY?
How easy or difficult is it for you to give yourself permission to DO NOTHING….or TO PLAY?
Authentic Freedom Ministries/YourSpiritualTruth
Lauri is a trained, professional Spiritual Director and is available for private consultation over the phone, via Skype and face to face. You can contact Lauri at firstname.lastname@example.org or (920) 230-1313