I recently spent some amazing quality time with several important people in my life. My amazing husband, my fantastic children, and myself. Although I believe that each and every moment with my family is amazing, I sometimes forget the importance of spending quality time with myself as well.
During a recent vacation, I had an important decision to make. I brought my laptop and was prepared to do some work during my down times. What harm would it do if I simply etched out a little bit of “me” time and got caught up on some work?
Then it hit me. I needed to spend quality “me” time AWAY from the big things and spend that time focused on what my body, mind, heart and spirit were truly wanting – rest and reflection.
I made the decision to remain unplugged the entire time. Not even my assistant could find me! You know what happened during that time? No crisis – no issues – nothing that could not wait until I returned to my office. My business aspects continued moving forward while I took some time to stop.
When I returned to work I had not lost any momentum. Instead I had a new-found clarity and my purpose seemed to be in more focus that ever before. It was because I unplugged and gave myself permission to step away from the big things and focus on the small things. In reality, what I was truly doing was unplugging from the small things and spending some incredible time with the BIG things – my family and myself.
Psalm 46:10 makes a GREAT breath prayer. What’s a breath prayer? First you unplug – shut it all down. Then take a deep breath in and out and repeating in your head a quick prayer. For me, I breath in while hearing the words, “Be still and know…” in my head and then as I breath out, my head completes the scripture by saying, “…that I am God”.
Remember to unplug on a regular basis. The rewards for doing this are far greater than ANY reward you will get from remaining plugged in with your head and face buried in work. Take true ME TIME and unplug from technology and plugin to th
e reality that is your life: your loved ones, your surroundings, the creating Spirit that is all around us, constantly creating in and through and around us, and yourself.
For more information and a unique guide for breath prayer, check out the Contemplative Monk here: http://contemplativemonk.com/breath-prayer/