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Pray, Meditate, Create – what happens when you decide to do nothing!

What happens when we give ourselves permission to take a break from the regular worries, concerns, things we think we need to control and give ourselves over to a day to DO NOTHING?  For me, pray, meditate, create is what showed up!

 


As I promised in yesterday’s blog, I gave myself permission to spend a day DOING NOTHING!  I left behind my worries about the divorce, the house search, my book, my business, etc. and decided to do nothing.  Doing nothing for me is allowing myself to simply be with me and God.  In this day of doing nothing, I meditated, I went to yoga, I meditated some more, I read, I played piano, I accomplished a creative endeavor I have been putting off and putting off and putting off (more about that later) and I wrote.  In the midst of the writing, I rediscovered my most of the time silenced, inner poet.  Somewhere deep inside me is a poet who sometimes shows her face, but usually only when things are the darkest of the dark.  This time she showed up, just because I gave her permission.  We had great fun writing, creating, imagining.  Here is just one sample of what we came up with: (as inspired by an exercise in Poemcrazy by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge)

If I were a color

If I were a color, I’d be black

Black like the darkest shade of indian ink

The deep, fathomless and mysterious black

that holds within it all the potential of the universe.

Before the Big Bang….there was black

 

In rediscovering the voice of the poet within me, I also discovered another way through which I am able to connect with God.  Poetry, for me, has been a remarkable resource for tapping into the deepest, most carefully hidden parts of myself.  Through poetry I have been able to access moments of insight, wisdom, learning.   By definition, isn’t this prayer?  I believe it is.  That tells me then that there is the potential within each and every creative endeavor to make it a prayer – to be consciously aware of the Presence and Action of the Divine within that creative act.

 

So, next time you write….make it a prayer.  Next time you cook, make it a prayer.  Next time you draw, make it a prayer.  Next time you play a game with your kids, make it a prayer.  The ways in which we can connect with the Divine and the Divine can connect with us are limitless….hey, kind of like the color black!  🙂

 

If you were a color, what would you be?

Be courageous and write the answer to this question in the comments section of the blog.  Let’s find out what color we all would be if we could be one!  I dare you!

 

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries/YourSpiritualTruth

http://yourspiritualtruth.com