Bringing a spiritual perspective to daily life
One of my colleagues said he's trying to slow time down. He said he wants to stop rushing. He wants to enjoy the moments of his life more, to feel their fullness. I know what he means. I'm trying to do the same thing.
It can be especially tough to do this time of year. Things just seem to speed up and snowball. End-of-year deadlines, final projects, exams, a slew of loose ends to tie up before you feel you can rest - I don't know about you, but I often find myself careening into the New Year on an emotional roller coaster.
I've decided, like my friend, that I don't want to do that anymore. So I've taken on as one of my life-projects to feel an ongoing sense of rest. Right now, every day, even with deadlines looming. The end of this year, the beginning of the next ... and beyond. I want to get things done, but I also want to feel the calm, unhurried action of grace, courage, and serenity in my life. And I'm learning that the key is to turn to God, who is the infinite source of these and all other spiritual qualities.
A statement that's helped me a lot, by the founder of this newspaper, Mary Baker Eddy, says that "man ... is but the humble servant of the restful Mind, though it seems otherwise to finite sense" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," pgs. 119-120).
This reminds me that a good, supreme intelligence is controlling my life. Deep down - as basic and reliable as the invisible laws of flight that keep an airplane made of tons of steel aloft - there is a sustaining divine order, or Principle. When we mentally align ourselves with this Mind/Principle, we're safe. We experience the comfort, transformation, and healing - the rest and restoration - that come as a natural result of being spiritually in tune with God's lovely plan.
These ideas helped me with a crucial career-related lecture I gave recently. I worked on it diligently for several weeks. But the day before the talk, the form and content were still fuzzy. I felt depressed, confused, and tired.