The recent days of unseasonably warm weather, while beautiful, are unsettling. Snow the first week in November makes more sense than temperatures above 60 degrees. While I do enjoy it, I feel a bit unbalanced by it and apprehensive about the weather to come.
Of course, there are other things that add to my sense of being unbalanced in addition to the weather. There is the war in Israel and the ever-increasing death count in Gaza and the concern for my Jewish and Palestinian peoples near and far.
There is also the rapidly approaching holiday season, the stress of which pales in comparison to that of climate change and war, yet is somehow in the mix. And, of course, there are the on-going personal worries about family and health.
When the world feels off-kilter to me, it’s important for me to notice and respond. First I name the things that are weighing me down. Then I try to engage in activities that re-center me – being outdoors, painting, writing, praying/meditating, and/or napping all help somewhat as does talking through my worries with my spiritual director, my spouse, or my friends.
Finding balance in an unbalanced world is a daily struggle.
What is weighing most heavily on your spirit today?
Have you shared your concerns with anyone?
What is most helpful in restoring your sense of balance?
As we prepare for the Holiday Season, it is important to find balance amidst what is happening in the world, what is happening in our lives, and the promises of our faith.
What reminds you that God is present in the world, even in the most chaotic or despairing moments?
Please share your thoughts so that we can support one another with love and faith in these challenging days.
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