Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette
Hello friends and family, today I'd like to speak about something we sometimes forget: The Sacred. Sure, our lives are busy, and hectic, yet we must grasp a moment, or two, for solitude, and reflection. We must seek the sacred. In doing so, we should look for quality time to spend alone; perhaps when we rise, early in the morning, or at night, when at last our homes are settling. I know. You're thinking: I'm way too tired at either of those times to be reflective. Well, why not use your lunch hour -- when you're not running necessary errands, of course. Take a solo excursion, a walk perhaps, and note the sky, trees, lovely tulips or chrysanthemums; you can also marvel at the skill it took to create the building in which you work.
Ethnic beauties, it is vital for us to have some time whereby we may collect ourselves and our thoughts. Perhaps your time can be spent soaking in a fragrant tub. Maybe instead of the usual lunch with the co-workers, to discuss the same ol' what went wrong today, why not take a little jaunt, by yourself? In either of these scenarios, or any others that you can think of, become conscious of your breathing. Most often we breathe shallowly. I don't know why, but if you notice this is the case, then deeply inhale, and exhale. Repeat this. While doing so, remind yourself that the answers you seek will come. Allow yourself to de-stress; try not to think about what you have yet to do, or what ails you. Consciously clear your mind, for the few moments that you've allotted yourself, because you are...seeking the sacred.
To do so means, you are deliberately looking for solitude -- which is necessary if we are to flourish. During this time, when you may be starting your day, ending it, or at any other allocated time, your subconscious mind will aid you to find balance, between all your commitments and what your soul desires. Sure, family, friends, and lovers need us. Yes, work demands our attention, but in order to give the best of ourselves, we need a smidgen of 'me time' every now and again. When offered this, something wonderful will begin to evolve. You will notice it over time. Your dreams and desires will come to the forefront of your mind, perhaps some even long forgotten. You my dearest, will then become as important in the scheme of things as everything and everyone else. You may discover hidden talents or gifts. You may even find that to outwardly express these will no longer seem hard, or intimidating.
Then you may begin to do what many have long done. You may find yourself creating a sacred space. It doesn't have to be large, ostentatious, or attention-grabbing. It simply has to be yours, a place where you feel comfortable enough to seek solitude. This place can be a reading nook, a corner of the sofa, a closet, a home office, or even the privacy of your car! Shhh... I have a beloved sister-friend who sits in her vehicle, in the garage for a few moments. There, this busy mother writes, makes lists, and collects her thoughts before she gets out, closes the car door, and jumps back into the fray that is her life. That is how she seeks the sacred, to make all things work.
Ethnic beauties, the possibilities are endless, and what to do is entirely up to you. Perhaps you'll add a candle, a prayer book, a journal, or photos of loved ones to your sacred space. The point is simply to seek the sacred when you enter this space. Then as our beloved sage great poet Maya Angelou said, "In quietude one might hear the voice of God..."