If this pandemic has taught me nothing else, it’s certainly taught me to live in the moment and to take time to really BE.
When everything came to a screeching halt in March 2020, a lot of people learned really quickly and sometimes uncomfortably to simply BE. Sure, we transitioned to working from home, and we learned to function without a social life (VERY hard!), but many of my friends told me they were enjoying having the extra time to just BE.
What does BEING mean to you in a society that seems to covet “busyness” as something to be revered?
I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts and videos that a woman I’d run into here and there years ago always–and I mean ALWAYS– replied “Busy, busy, busy!” any time I’d ask her how she was. Not impressed.
The psalmist wrote, “Be still and know that I am God.” Yes, be still. BE. Stop striving.
When I first started coaching, I was all about women pursuing their so-called best life and their goals. I still believe we need goals in life, but the more I simply allowed myself to BE with God, I realized that life isn’t about striving.
I’ve always been good at building margin into my days. It’s important, and it was especially important during the years I was a single working mother with sons who played sports and had other activities. In recent years, though, I have learned to truly BE… to just sit in the Lord’s presence and savor the precious moments. My journey through Holy Yoga teacher training REALLY taught me the importance of being.
Last week, my new bolster arrived via good old Amazon. Oh, my… it was like Christmas!
Bolsters are great props in yoga practices, especially restorative yoga. You can place them under your back, your knees, and your feet, You can do a forward fold and rest against them. They add a yumminess to any practice.
Most evenings, I lie on my yoga mat with a bolster under my back, and allow my heart to open, so to speak, and just BE in the presence of God. It’s amazing how peace washes over you.
BEING… it’s something I now encourage in all my coaching clients, even if they’re focused on a specific goal. We can’t and shouldn’t always be “busy, busy, busy.”
I was going to do an online series this Lent. I created a logo and outline, but you know what?
I just want to BE during Lent. A dear friend gifted me with Matthew Kelly’s beautiful book Rediscovering Jesus, and it’s the perfect 40-day Lenten journey for me. So, rather than leading a Lenten series, I am settling in with this gem of a book and just BEING.
Have I absolutely exhausted you on this whole BEING thing?
Lie on a bolster. Open your heart, Stop trying so hard.
Simply BE, and enjoy the Lord’s presence. We are human BEINGS, not human DOINGS.
Remember that… and rest in His presence.
Amy Walton is a multi-certified coach who currently lives in coastal Virginia.She’s a busy gal but always makes time to work out, spend quiet time with God, and just BE. Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org.