More, More, More…Inner Peace

“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

As we move into the season of more, more, more, I love that for those of us in the United States, where we have made that a mantra and almost a religion unto itself, we start this season with a holiday of gratefulness.

GratitudeI am reminded of a retreat master on a silent retreat that taught us how to be comfortable in a room full of people all eating at the same time…in silence. He told us that he practices mindfulness while he eats. If he is eating potatoes, he thanks the people that planted it, nurtured it, harvested it, transported it, sold it, prepared it and served it. This is practiced for each food that is served and for as many steps of its creation and preparation as he can think of. He then moves to being grateful for and praying for any needs that those around may have. Lastly, he includes his own prayers of the heart and ends with a grateful praise to God that he is on the earth and able to share his gifts for the Lord.

As we move into the busy, more, more, more season, I hope this exercise helps you to look around at everything at a slower more grateful pace. Into the calm that will ensue, the Lord will enter your heart and bring you the bliss of peacefulness and praise and realization that  joy comes with simplicity.

May you be blessed with the gift of peacefulness and calm in the coming days.

Ellen Marie Dumer, LCPC, president and founder of Living Your Exceptional Life™, is a pastoral counselor, life success coach, published author, and sought-after speaker. She is a guide and mentor for Catholic/Christian women seeking to harness and cultivate their aspirations for a life based on faith in Christ.

She and her husband, Deacon Gary Dumer, live in Maryland, have 4 children and soon-to-be nine grandchildren. Ellen loves to paint and craft, read, go on long bike rides and walks, garden, and spend fun time with her friends!

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