For most of my childhood, I was very shy and preferred the solitude of my own thoughts instead of the company of friends. I would sneak away to my favorite hideaway as often as possible to daydream or to get lost in my favorite book. I even spent hours writing stories for my younger siblings, allowing my active imagination to run wild. I gradually emerged from my shy cocoon, and before I knew it, life had swept me up in the chaotic rat-race of obtaining an education, paying the bills, and advancing a career.
For me, the only way I can stay grounded in life is to slow down occasionally and take stock of where I am in my life, where I am going, and who I am as a person. With two young children, I have to grasp these fleeting quiet moments whenever they present themselves. Meditation for me can come at any moment, even if I only close my eyes for five minutes at a time. This simple halt in my daily activities allows me to pray and reemerge with a renewed perspective, removing me from the nonsensical goings-on of life. I’m able to refocus on what my life really is in the larger scheme of things.
Whoever you are, whatever you do, and wherever you live, you have to take this time to allow your conscience to catch up with you. Many people like to create a spot in their home or yard that is conducive to this meditative state. Think of what helps you to slow down and relax, whether it is a certain scent, a piece of art, certain colors, or a sound such as running water or music. Don’t look to a yearly vacation to catch your breath; create your own special place where it is easily accessible.