Let us labor for an inward stillness–
An inward stillness and an inward healing.
That perfect silence where the lips and heart
Are still, and we no longer entertain
Our own imperfect thoughts and vain opinions,
But God alone speaks to us and we wait
In singleness of heart that we may know
His will, and in the silence of our spirits,
That we may do His will and do that only
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This poem struck me with its implied parenting message. So often our days are controlled by our children. We spend each waking moment filling some need, fixing some problem, answering many questions, feeding hungry mouths that we never have “me” time to unwind. And when they are finally all asleep, we flop on the couch, depleted of all energy but that required to press a button with our thumb and sit numbly watching fake life in a stream of light and sound. While diverting, time spent watching television does not necessarily provide us with the rejuvenation our bodies and souls so desperatlely need!
I imagine that most of us might find a moment of silence daunting… do we really want to be introspective? Do we want to think about our lives? Do we even remember what it means to consciously think?
Even though at first it may be awkward, forcing ourselves to dwell for a moment in silence, with no thought to, “entertain our own imperfect thoughts and vain opinions”, can lead to such peace of mind; such renewal of body and spirit. We can find ourselves in that silence, we can get back on track to being a real person again. Taking time to meditate in the quiet of the morning, during a child’s nap or even in the evening after the house is finally enjoying its own silence can enrich our lives and renew our personal meaning. Our ability to enjoy the sometimes challenging journey of parenthood will take on greater meaning and we will become the parents we desire to be.
I am interested in hearing from you! Your answers can be posted using the reply form below.
1. Do you have any success stories of implementing meditation into your life? Please share your experience and how it has helped you.
2. For those of you accusomted to meditation, what recommendations do you have for people trying to create that habit in their lives?
Thank you so much for your comments and suggestions!