21st century living isn’t for the faint of heart. We’re constantly being boarded by alerts and messages. We liven a state of constant connection and constant interruptions. It’s amazing that anything gets done. Prayer and contemplation are a great way to detach from the ongoing craziness around you and find your center again.
How Make Time for Prayer
Making time for prayer in a busy life is hard. We all know how important prayer is, but on days that we wake up and hit the ground running it can seem out of reach. Most women are caregivers, moms and daughters with a never-ending to- do list. By the time we sit down for some quiet, we find ourselves struggling with what to pray about. Here’s a few simple ideas to make more time for prayer.
Breath prayer. This gets me through crazy busy times. Don’t complicate it. Just breathe in and out with something like the Jesus prayer.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
the Lord’s prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
or the Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
These three prayers alone get me through most days. But I also like to use some guided prayer at the beginning of the day or the end of the day since I’m not very good at formulating prayers when I’m tired. There are lots of prayer books to be found but my own very favorite prayer books are by James Banks. They are so mellow, comforting and don’t take long to read through.
I also use the Divine Hours off and on. This is a great way to pray at fixed times throughout the day and evening. I always find these prayers to be really comforting and “hit the spot” to help me express things that I was struggling with but couldn’t find the words for.
Create a Personal Retreat for Quiet Contemplation
Some of the most successful entrepreneurs set aside regular time to think, plan, and learn. It’s said that Bill Gates takes an entire week twice a year to unplug and do nothing but read and think. Carving out time for quiet contemplation isn’t a waste of time…it’s actually how you get ahead of things.
But the most important benefit of getting away from everything is that it will give you needed time to rest up and destress. This rest is what gives your mind the time and ability to simply renew. It’s what makes you a better partner, a more patient mom, a more creative entrepreneur…you get the picture!
The first thing you need is a bit of a mindset shift. Don’t think of taking time for quiet contemplation as a waste of time, or One More Thing To Do. Consider it to be a solution to stress and overwhelm.
Put your retreat time in your calendar and schedule it. As a matter of fact, make it your highest priority. You owe it to yourself and those you care for to recharge.
This personal might be as simple as a few hours away from the house, or a weekend retreat in a quiet place.
Once you see what having a regular retreat to think and plan ahead can do for your personal life and business, you’ll begin to make the time or quiet contemplation regularly.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised to notice how the stress starts to ease up when you do this.
If this strategy works for some of the most brilliant creative souls throughout history, should you give quiet time and contemplation a serious try in your life?
Your mind and your body will thank you as you start to stress less and relax more.
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