Sister Holland said, “Meditation is the language of the soul. It is defined as ‘a form of private devotion, or spiritual exercise, consisting in deep, continued reflection on some religious theme.”
The world can be loud. I often long for and seek out moments of stillness. I need them – my soul requires solitude, otherwise I become overwhelmed with noise and confusion. For me, the moments of stillness don’t have to be long. Just a few minutes to pray, focus, relax, listen, go inward and be intentional is enough.
I love this quote by Hermann Hesses. “Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” I usually invite God along too.
I recently created a list of intentions to read. I guess you could call it a mission statement or my positive affirmations. I keep it on my nightstand so it is handy when I begin and end the day. It is filled with ideas and truths about myself, God and life. It is a reminder of my dreams. It keeps me moving towards the things I want to achieve. As I read, I hold a rock in my hand I painted. It adds the sense of touch and helps me focus. Often times, I will see the rock next to my list of intentions and it will remind me to stop, breathe and focus for a few minutes.
I know, this makes me sound like I should wear Birkenstocks and eat raisins (not that there is anything wrong with either of those things!) But maybe we don’t take enough time or make enough effort to find stillness, and I believe it is an important element of happiness.
Just when you thought I was a 6 out of 10 on the weirdness scale, I’m going to potentially add another level of “odd.” I have painted a few more rocks and I want to share them with you. This type of painting is very relaxing for me and I enjoy the creativity, but I only need one rock, so I thought I would offer you one! Perhaps you can write your own positive affirmations and pair it with the rock. Or maybe the rock reminds you to read the scriptures or pray. You can use it however you want. You could even paint your own! Finding stillness and filling my mind with things that build me up have strengthened me and been a source of peace and joy and I simply want to share the idea.
I have painted four rocks. If you are interested in one of them (for FREE of course!) please leave a comment here or on my Facebook post. I only have four to give away this go around, but as I paint more, I will let you know. Leave a comment and let me know which rock you like. I gave them names, because why not?
“Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.”
Blog to you soon,