When is the last time you paused to be aware of your breath, your heartbeat, your senses?
Yesterday afternoon I took a rosary-walk around the seminary property, as I like to frequently do. After I finished the rosary I continued to walk slowly. I took several deep breaths, observed the autumn foliage, and just allowed myself to be deeply aware of God’s presence, the beauty around me, and the inner peace I was experiencing.
I felt deep gratitude at that moment. I began to pray in gratitude to the Lord for his beautiful creation. I thanked him for the gift of peace. I thanked him for the many people in my life who love me.
And I said to Jesus, “why don’t I do this more often, Lord? Why don’t I just take more time to breath, feel, and be grateful to you?” It’s amazing, this transformative power of pausing, breathing, awareness of God’s presence within us and in creation.
Take time to do this today. Breath deeply and slowly. Pray. Become aware of the Lord’s love for you. Take in the beauty of creation. Offer gratitude to God for all of your blessings.
This brief moment in your day contains immense spiritual power.