Advent (Love) – Generating Love

@Pontifex on December 23, 2013 @5:23 am EST Retweet

Christmas celebrations are often full of sound. It would be good for us to make room for silence, to hear the voice of Love.  …Pope Francis

As I move about in various places these last two weeks I hear a common thread of stress, overwhelm, busy-ness, and exhaustion. In the shops, in yoga class, among caregivers, in our congregation Christmas preparations seem to be overwhelming Christmas spirit … the spirit of peace and love.

I engage in a regular meditation practice … a practice I can do anywhere, anytime … which is exactly where and when I practice. When I notice overwhelm, anxiety, or a lack of mindfulness I pause for just a short moment … long enough for about 10 breaths … and I repeat this mantra with my breaths: “When I breathe in, I breathe in peace. When I breathe out, I breathe out love.” I might do this five to ten times a day. I can do it while I’m driving, standing in line at the check-out, or trying to fall asleep at night with thoughts of all the “to-do’s” racing through my head.

Pope Francis’ Tweet quoted above reminds us to pause, to take in the sound of silence during these noisy times. I think this should extend beyond Christmas (and I suspect he would agree) … ours is a noisy world full of sounds that disconnect us from ourselves and one another.

When I have calmed my spirit and separated myself from the noisy-ness and busy-ness of life, then I feel I can generate a sense of love and deep connection with those around me. Feeling a sense of connection is at the core of peace and love. When we are connected, we see the divine in the other, and there is no room for hate and fear.

Breathing in peace, I breathe in quietness. Breathing in peace, I breathe in silence. Breathing in peace, I breathe in connection.

Breathing out love, I breathe out gratitude. Breathing out love, I breathe out joy. Breathing out love, I breathe out hope.

Jan Taddeo

 

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2 Responses to Advent (Love) – Generating Love

  1. Lydia says:

    So timely… Thank you

  2. Jen Garrison says:

    My cat Titus was nudging me with his head as I was reading today’s Words of Wisdom. He seems to be enjoying my increased company since I got the Internet installed at the house (now that the PC is on his side of the house). I have to keep my two cats separate, since Buddy thinks he is totally the alpha cat and is mean to Titus. As for today’s reading, although I admit Titus has annoyed me today, he reminds me to take time to pay attention to and appreciate those who I am surrounded by and love. I acknowledge that I have gotten caught up in the busyness of the season, but mostly to embrace my increased energy after a long bout of depression. Yet I have come to recognize the need to rest at points throughout the season, due to irritability and grief starting to overlap my joy. My way of breathing in peace and breathing out love has generally been either going for a walk, calling friends, playing with my cats, playing a board or card game, coloring, volunteering, or simply reminding myself to breathe. I believe that however we find purpose and joy is where we will find peace and love in our lives. For me, that is how the season of Advent lives in my heart all year round.

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