Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
— Proverbs 13:12 (ESV)
From the Soul Matters Program:
It’s a fundamental question about desire: What gets you up in the morning? One can go through their whole life not knowing the answer to that. Routine too easily takes over our lives. Something is wrong when “the alarm clock” is the primary thing that pushes us into the day.
Here is an exercise asks us to get into relationship with a different source of momentum.
For one week, take 10 minutes at the beginning of your day or at bedtime the night before to identify one thing you want out of the coming day. One thing that you want. In the midst of all the obligations ahead of you, what one desire do you want to make room for? Keep it simple. Maybe it is nothing more than to feel the sun on your face for five minutes. Maybe it is to connect and cook tonight’s meal with your daughter. Maybe it is to read or run or just have five minutes of silence. Just make it yours.
Perhaps you’d like a tool to help you spend 10 or even 7 minutes in meditation that can help you identify one thing that you really want. At my blog you’ll find a Recipe for Meditation for Beginners that I wrote for the theme of Desire. I find food analogies – as well as actual food – to be comforting at this time of year
We’ve been using some meditation practices in Sunday school for children of all ages. I think this recipe would be yummy for anyone. Try it with your child, reading the imagery aloud. Your children also might be interested in the Insight meditation timer for your phone or computer. It’s the app that I use and so does Rev. Sam and so do some other Albany UU’s. So you’d get to see when we’re meditating too.