Are things around you a bit chaotic? Perhaps you’re starting a new year. Or your children are challenging you in new ways. Or crazy things are happening in the world and you’re feeling rattled. No matter what other action I may take, I also make a commitment to step up my practices to foster inner quiet at times like these.
For me, it’s a time to rejuvenate my meditation practice. I have two habits in the morning time. One is to go open the door and invite God to walk with me through my day. I often open the front door and step out onto the porch to take in the morning air. I might do a sun salutation yoga pose, or just stretch and take in a deep breath. Then I open the door for God.
A quirky habit, I know. But it helps me so much. Whether you call it God, or the Great Spirit, or the Power of the Universe…I have that with me and I know that I am not alone.
My second morning habit is to find a comfortable spot to sit quietly. This is not always for a long time. I am not a skilled meditator, really. But I do like to sit quietly and repeat a verse or reading, silently (in my head), in time with my breath. So for this season, I am returning to a verse I said each morning for years, Inner Quiet. Because this verse is calling to me.
I created a beautiful picture of the verse with a photo that I took two years ago out at a farm, out in the open spaces, so the photo reminds me of expansiveness. I like the feeling of this image for that expansiveness outwardly, coupled with Steiner’s words calling me to Inner Quiet.
I consider meditation or getting centered one of the Lively Arts for parents! Steiner called it Inner Work. Developing some kind of life-affirming practice that feeds our souls is so important to renew our own energy for what we bring to our children.
What do you do to renew yourself for homeschooling?