Can you believe every hospital door in the Methodist Hospital system around Houston has this sign to greet you as you enter the room? What a great contemplative message!
My mother in law has been treated here this week and is doing much better. I was touched to see such a meaningful reminder of what is needed during illness, and every other moment of our lives: time to pause, reflect, and heal.
Times when we are away from home often make it hard to sustain our daily practice of pausing and reflecting. But as the years roll on I feel the need to keep at it, even when away from home. I need the daily healing, the recovery of wholeness, wherever I am these days.
This morning I was practicing the presence with some sacred yoga and sitting in stillness. At first my mind did the usual dance of skipping subjects and drawing me toward past and possible future events. But gradually things settled down and I was blessed to return to my inner home. The stillness came, and my being began to heal again.
So thank you to the Methodist Hospital administration, who decided to issue a healing message with small plaques at every door. I know this cost a lot of money. But you did a great thing to bless us all with an important wake up call. In three words you captured a spiritual principle we need.
In fact, those three words could become a new motto for our School for Contemplative Living. We too are fond of issuing a call to craft a life with enough time to pause, reflect, and heal. We have learned that practicing the presence of God is the source of healing. Sourcing our lives in God’s presence does bring us into our deeper wholeness each day. And one reason we exist is to invite others to follow this same contemplative path.
So even though Christmas Day means many things to different people, this Christmas is a day of healing for my mother in law and all of us. God truly began healing the broken world when God used the birth of a baby to say to us, “I love you so very much, no matter what!” And God continues our healing through God’s immediate presence within us and through people all around us.
So may we take the time to pause, reflect, and heal this Christmas day. May all suffering dissolve. May illness come to an end. And may the deeper wholeness of God’s immediate presence find us once again.