A Mindful May.

I turned the page of my agenda to display the new month.  It was time to cross check that my paper planner matched the important dates of my digital one.  (My oh my, Emily Ley—how is it already, May!?)  Seamlessly coordinating my old-fashioned paper(full) preference with the digital timers of clients and collaborators is not without risk, but it is one I am willing to take.  A school agenda aficionado from way back, I still prefer a tradition planner. (can’t stop. won’t stop.) I definitely have warmed up to the benefits of digital day timers like iCal and Google calendar, so with some planning and mindfulness, the differing rhythms can coexist. 

I noticed the dates May already had marked out in the calendars.  Holidays, vacations, birthdays, and weddings.  A neat feature one of my syncing calendar provides is that it recognizes more than your basic Federal Holidays and Moon phases.  It also encourages one to #treatyoself  by remembering the lesser-known holidays of each month.  And never one to turn down an excuse for a celebration, I like to mark out these “mini holidays”.  Perhaps it is that I am technically part of the participation trophy generation, but when there is a day marked out for 

It was also brought to my attention that May is National Mental Health Month with focuses on mindfulness and meditation.  I can celebrate this all month, I was thinking.  Learning more about Mindfulness and practicing Christian mediation has been my jam lately! I can’t get enough. I am a novice for sure, but the power of practicing is amazing.  I love days when I feel #mindfulinmymanner, but it’s pretty regular that I forget and fall out of it.  Remembering that divine rhythm when I default to my routine can be a challenge.  Would I default to my #routinerut rhythm and add mindfulness and meditation to the agenda as just more task items on my to do list? Surely minimizing meditation to a punch list was anything but celebratory and definitely not Holy.  But mindfulness and practice are essential in progress and daily habits.  Could I design a more #restfulrhythm for these special Maydays?   I am not sure, but I know that the rhythm of right now is to rest in Him.  So in between the meetings, the to-dos, and the details of our days, may we fret less with the details and focus more on the essentials of today.  

Jesus spoke to Martha, 

“Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”  

Our rest in Him can be stolen so easily when we worry and fret over the details, the distractions, and the nothings!  But, God is so kind to us.  Jesus, while rebuking Martha, is full of LOVE, tenderness, and empathy.  He deeply loves Martha. He calls her dear.  I think of Him saying, “Dear Dorothy, put down your to do lists. Put down your anxiety.  Put down your past. Freeze with the future trippin', sister.  You are focusing on the side dishes and appetizers, when I have the MAIN COURSE right here.”  

When I let my anxious heart rest and rebuke anxiety, it opens up space for Him…Him who gives me Rest.   You are free to embrace the identity of who you are in God, and rely on Him to clean out the clutter of your mind.  We can’t fix ourselves, but He can.  An anxious mind and worrisome heart is not only unhealthy, it’s unholy. 

So, this month, let’s re-remember that we are His #divinedesign; “the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.”{Ephesians 2:10}

You were created by a Master Artist and Poet who loves you, my dear. Practice being #mindful of this truth today.