It is easy to be so caught up in the rush of life that we miss the depth and beauty in the people we encounter and the places that we walk. Creating times of stillness, where we are disconnected from electronics and have the time to fully see the people in our lives, enriches us deeply. Stilling our mind to listen carefully to another person is key to our relationships. There is a danger where we are always thinking about the next text that may be coming, wondering about the reaction to our latest Facebook post or thinking about our next response in an online game that we are only partially present for people. Centring ourselves in the moment by breathing deeply and bringing our eyes and ears to fully see the person speaking to us opens opportunities for deep growth.
Taking the time to be still in God’s presence is also an important growth area in our life. We open ourselves to deep growth by taking a breath to slow down our minds and then to be present with God. We can do this either by reading or listening to His word from the Bible, being still in a simple prayer that begins with “Dear God, thank you for all that I have, I am still and I am listening”, or even being still in nature. As we disconnect, we are letting go of ourselves and creating space for God and others.