I’m not sure where I heard of 30-second lectures, but I’m going to attempt one here. So put on your seat belt.
At our recent “special stake conference,” our area authority said that if you want to change the church (or the world) you have to go to the young women and the young mothers. He said if we are not taking care of mothers we are not taking care of the church. I liked hearing that because it’s so true, but him saying it didn’t suddenly change my life or any of my fellow mother’s lives. Then I realized that taking care of the mothers in the church is going to have to start with them taking care of their relationship with God. A true experience of connection every day will heal whatever you need healed, will bloom what is wilting, will energize what needs it, and more than you can ever dream up.
Yet so few people ever have the experience of connection. Why? They are too busy. I don’t have time now. If you don’t have time now you will never have time because it is always now. And now is where our relationship with God exists. You have to get into the present moment. And if you want to consciously connect you can’t do it with your body or mind alone. You have to do it with your spirit. How? What holds the body and spirit together?
Your breath. It’s a tool that God lent you. “Inspiration” means to breath in.
Try it. For just 3 minutes a day. Choose a word or two words and inhale them in and exhale them out.
You can try doing them whenever, but you’ll find that you get too busy. The best way to consciously connect is to get up 3 minutes earlier in the morning. Before everyone else gets up. Before you story gets up. Your story will always pull you out of the now.
Inhale. Exhale. Expect nothing. We meditate to handle the world better when we are not meditating. Things may happen, but don’t expect anything magical during your 3 minutes. And don’t ask for proof of your progress. Just keep doing it. Maybe add a minute every week. Mark the calendar for 9 months from now. Then look back but not till then. Just keep doing it.
Keep up and you’ll be kept up, as the saying goes.