It’s been a while since we talked about sitting in silence. I hope you’ve been keeping up with your practice. I find it to be so worthwhile to do, especially first thing in the morning, and I want that for you, too.
An added bonus is sometimes when my day isn’t going well, I’ll find a quiet place and sit for a few moments. It helps me regain my footing and remember that taking things step-by-step and doing my best at every moment will pay off.
I found the poem below and think it’s a good a reminder of a few of the benefits of sitting in silence:
ONLY BE STILL
‘Only be still, and in the silence grow,’
If thou art seeking what the gods bestow.
This is the simple, safe, and certain way
That leads to knowledge for which all men pray
Of higher laws to govern things below.
But in our restless discontent we go
With noisy importuning day on day—
Drowning the inner voice that strives to say
‘Only be still, and in the silence grow.’
We doubt, we cavil, and we talk of woe—
We delve in books, and waste our forces so;
We cling to creeds that were not meant to stay,
And close our ears to Truth’s immortal lay.
Oh wouldst thou see, and understand, and know?
‘Only be still, and in the silence grow.’
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
It only takes a moment for the silence to work its wonders, although I recommend that you spend 15 – 20 minutes in silence.
Give it a try and let me know what you experience. Thanks!
I came across these two sweet little poems that talk about the small gestures to give to others. I think you’ll enjoy them, too, with the added bonus that they’re a great reminder that it’s the small things that oftentimes matter the most.
They might not need me—yet they might,
I’ll let my heart be just in sight.
A smile so small as mine might be
Precisely their necessity.
It was only a glad “Good morning!”
As she passed along the way,
But it spread the morning glory
Over the livelong day.
Life can be scary, especially when we let our imaginations go and conjure all sorts of disasters waiting to befall us. Or, our imaginations can be more petrifying by not dishing up anything specific but yet terrorizing us with the Nebulous Unknown.
I hope one or all of these selections can help you feel grounded and safe when you’re in the throes of fear and anxiety:
The Cradle Song composed by Brahms
Ave Maria composed by Franz Schubert
Ave Maria composed by Bach/Gounod
Canon in D Major composed by Pachelbel
Clair de Lune composed by Debussey
Let it Be composed and sung by The Beatles
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star sung by Jewel
Over the Rainbow as sung by Judy Garland
Angel Standing By as sung by Jewel
If you have favorite songs that help you feel calm and safe, please share in the comments below. Thanks!
The power of anger can feel almost uncontrollable, and that can be very scary. As a result, oftentimes we feel we need to “stuff” our angry feelings because we want to scream, shout, and throw a fit…but we know that won’t solve anything. But yet, what do we do with all that energy?
One of the best ways to release the steam that builds up when we’re angry is through music and movement. Here is a short playlist to help you do that.
Even though some of these songs are about love gone wrong, feel free to substitute words and names so that the song is customized to you and your situation.
Remember to use the energy to help you take the next step!
Enjoy this playlist!
These Boots Are Made for Walking sung by Nancy Sinatra
Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair sung by Mitzi Gaynor
I have a friend who’s in a high-pressure job and she wakes on Monday mornings with her stomach knotted with anxiety and dread. I asked her how she gets herself out of bed and moving forward because I thought you’d like to know (me, too!).
Just to let you know, several of these selections are Christian in nature, however, my friend says that sometimes things are just too big for us to handle alone so we have to turn to some One much, much larger.
Here are a few of the she turns to. I hope they help you, too:
Let it Be as sung by The Beatles
Covered by Your Grace as sung by the Planetshakers
Pie Jesu as sung by the ChoirBoys
Precious Lord Take My Hand as sung by Elvis Presley
It is Well with My Soul as sung by Sovereign Grace Music
Feel free to add others that are your favorites. Sometimes as I sing and dance along with these songs, I tweak the lyrics to make them more powerfully specific to me. Feel free to do the same!
Your homework today is to make a playlist for yourself, one that’s filled with songs that motivate you toward your goals and dreams. If you already have one, then update it (Please remember to respect the hard work of the artists and download songs from reputable services). Have fun with this!
Play these songs first thing in the morning to get yourself charged up for a great day and to catapult you into taking the next step toward your dreams. Also, play the list throughout the day to keep you going.
You can do it!
Post in the comments section the songs that are your favorites for feeling good and motivating yourself.
I’m so proud of you—rock on!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Crafting a deeply meaningful, soul-prospering life