The Power of Pacing Ourselves

As we enter the middle of December, the busyness of these pre-holiday weeks in this last month of 2015 may feel a little overwhelming. I know I’m not alone in trying to accomplish a number of things before the end of the year, including adding in the festivities and other activities that characterize this season.

At this time of year, we generally want to move more slowly because of the
natural rhythms of the seasonal cycle; we long to do our human version of hibernation. Yet we find ourselves asked to fit in more than we usually do— and we have to do it when the days are shorter and the weather is less than ideal!

During this season of light, it is wise to pace ourselves where we can, and to forgive ourselves for things forgotten—or left undone. And it’s more important than ever to include those spiritual practices into our schedule that really nourish and nurture us. As Mother Teresa once said, “To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil into it.”

May we gently pace ourselves this week, and may we give ourselves permission to simplify where needed this season. May we create the space to include the personal practices that will keep our lamps burning; and may we give each other the gift of our inner light.

—Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon

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