Hi, it is so lovely to have you drop by! I have a lovely cuppa prepared for us with delicious treats. While we sit & reflect on pausing in what this actually means for our wellbeing.
Today’s tea is a Ginger & Lemongrass herbal blend with an assortment of nuts & dried fruits to nibble upon as we sip our tea.
Modern Life is so busy, demanding, rushed & led by deadlines of some sort or another…Don’t you think?
Then there are family pressures, work expectations, health issues, financial pressures & then our own personal expectations of ourselves (even when in retirement)! This all adds up to our bodies & minds being in a continual state of adrenaline fueled stress.
This is really not good for us! Our bodies & minds were never meant to be in this constant state of adrenal hyper vigilance. It causes our bodies, minds & spirits to become extremely weary & fuzzy…we start to lose focus on the true treasures of life. As seen in the fuzzy & unfocused background in the above photo!
We need to pause…reflect & refresh often! Did you know that the Ancient’s did this & they didn’t even live in our crazy modern world, they left the following wisdom for us;
Selah ~ meaning to pause & reflect
This term is mentioned approximately 74 times in the scripts of the Ancient Hebrews! This term & its meaning was once thought to be purely a musical term but there are many scholars who believe it has a twofold meaning for life. I agree!
The following advice is also found;
Be still ~ meaning to let go & relax
Which is also mentioned several times in the ancient texts… Jesus the Christ himself, while here on earth, gave us the example of withdrawing to be still, reflect, refresh & pray often within His journey.
You see our body & minds are not super human…but wonderfully human. We need to take time to pause from life’s pressures, stresses & expectations…to reflect upon where we are in life & where our spirit is placed in the spiritual things of God.
To see His workings in our lives & to ascertain where we are heading…are we going in the direction that is healthy & growing us towards our upward goal or are we treading a path that deep down we know is really unhealthy for us & pulling us backwards!
There is also a wisdom attached to being still, as seen in the following verse;
“Let go & relax, & know that I am God”
Reflective time with the Spirit of God brings clarity in knowing & recognizing God’s presence & treasures in our lives.
When we take that all important time to pause & reflect…refreshingly new clarity appears…our lives come sharply into focus in where we are truly heading…just like the focused image of the glass in the photo above…
So dear friend…Let me ask you the following question…When was the last time you purposefully stilled yourself in body, mind & spirit, letting go of all the musts & to do’s, truly relaxing in God’s presence to reflect upon the true treasure in your life?
You may also enjoy my adventure on an important archeological site in Digging for treasure…
Until next time…
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