July 1, 2018
Friends and Family,
We know how important self-care is to our overall well-being. We’ve considered and acknowledged how Jesus regularly took time away from his active ministry for rest, prayer, reflection and contemplation. Self-care can take many different forms. Some ways may include going to the spa, getting a massage, taking a long, leisure walk, attending a concert, being alone, being with friends, treating yourself to a favorite meal, going on a retreat or taking a vacation. Yet, these activities do not automatically produce or result in self-care. Sometimes, I need a vacation after my vacation! A simple common goal of self-care is to provide or allow for care of yourself that nurtures and sustains.
This month, I encourage you to engage in contemplative self-care. To make your care contemplative, you need to seek and find God’s presence therein. Here is an outline:
Discern a Self-Care Activity– Through prayer and with patience decide what you will do and/or where you will go.
Pray Again– Pray that God will reveal Godself in your activity through the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name.
Act– Go! Rest, run, sing, fly, soak. Seek to enjoy whatever it is you have decided to do to care for yourself. Check in periodically to look and listen for God’s presence with you. This is different from knowing intellectually that God is with you. Try to pay attention to “how” you know.
Write– After you have returned or completed your activity, take time (at least 30 minutes) to write about your experience. Get your favorite beverage and just write. Write whatever comes to mind for at least 30 minutes. Close your time of writing by acknowledging God’s grace, mercy and participation in your activity and in your life.
In Jesus Christ,
Rev. Ineda P. Adesanya