Monday, July 31, 2017

Dear God, let me move slowly today.

As I begin considering all that faces me today, anxiety grows. Obligations crowd in. But when I am able to focus intently on the present moment, these termites of worry cease.

In meditation, I am taught not that the object is to empty the mind, but to practice focusing on the present, to the exclusion of all else. The more I focus on now, on what is before me, the more slowly I move, the more efficiently I function – and the more useful to you I am, Lord.

My mind darts from idea to idea, like a paper cup in the wind.

Slow my thoughts, O Lord. Slow my movements. Let my awareness of you, here, now, in this present moment, grow. Let me move with care. Let me seek guidance moment by moment, slowly considering your will for me.

Let me act, single-mindedly and with intention on your behalf.

(Letter #943)