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It’s Not Always About the Food

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the “food and exercise” aspects of a healthy, happy life. But, it’s not always about the food….or exercise.

I am a research junkie! At any given moment you can find 5+ tabs open on my laptop, each one addressing a different “spin” on whatever topic I am now obsessed with researching.

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 Naturally, these past few weeks I have focused on food and exercise…it being a new year with resolutions and all! I know part of me is always looking for that right menu or workout plan that will finally bring me to the “other side” so to speak.

But in my searching, I realize I tend to neglect another area of a healthy life that is just as…if not MORE than…important to a balanced healthy life.

Meditation/reflection.

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 I’m not referring to meditation as in:

Meditation as a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself. 

 And I am not specifically referring to mediation as in:

Christian meditation as a form of prayer in which a structured attempt is made to become aware of and reflect upon the revelations of God.

This is more of a specific time spent simply “being”. Possibly in complete quiet, but I don’t *do* quiet that well, so I play peaceful music. It is time  spent thinking. About life. About your family. About goals. About whatever comes to mind. Sometimes I will have a journal handy. I am finding that carving out  several minutes or so a week on this type of “STOP and THINK” meditation/reflection is helping me feel grounded and easing some of my anxiety. 

For me, prayer naturally occurs during this time because I want to know God and His will. I covet His protection and provision for the people I love. I long to know Him so much more even an hour from now. But that is not the primary focus here.

We live in a busy world. Cell/Smart phones seem to have taken over our lives!  {check out Vikki Cafflin’s amusing list of when she will NOT answer her phone!}. We have little room for quiet so we need to MAKE room. 

If we do not make room for this time of meditation/reflection, we may find ourselves feeling like all we do is move through the days without focus. At the end of a super busy week, we may find ourselves asking:

WHAT was the point of this past week? Did I even KNOW what I was running around for? <tweet

Being still is not an easy place for some people. I can honestly say. there have been times when I find myself in tears because He was able to speak to me as I just sat there. Some memory that I really have ZERO interest in rehashing pops in my head and I need to be careful I don’t slide down that slippery slope of resentment, anger, or even regret. 

That’s why I keep this time down to short, boundary infused moments smiley innocent Its Not Always About the Food.

I hope you can find time this week to sit and think about life. Time yourself and see if 5-7 minutes does the “trick” and help you regroup and refocus on what’s important {or not } in your life.

Happy Thinking!

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2 Responses

  1. You are so right. Even 5 minutes of meditation and reflection can be very meaningful and balancing. Thanks for the reminder

    • donnao

      I need this reminder weekly. Being busy with general “life” stuff should not interfere with mediating on what is “good”…like His word! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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