I have been reading a wonderful book called The Mindful Catholic by Dr. Gregory Bottaro.
It would be a good book for any Christian believer to read. It doesn't apply strictly to
Catholics. There are mindfulness exercises at the end of each chapter and I have been
practicing those weekly. It talks about clearing our thoughts to make more room
for God to be present in them.
Here in New England we had a winter that was much like spring and we are
having a spring that is much like winter. We've had winter storm after
winter storm. This past one though, turned out to be rain and what a relief. It actually
melted some of the snow that was on the ground from the last storm!
My daughter sent me a sweet picture of a St. Patrick's day card that I had mailed last week
and some beautiful yellow daffodils she picked up at the market.
They looked so pretty next to each other. She's been texting me a lot this week.
It makes my mother's (and grandmother's) heart happy to hear from her.
I have made it to church every Sunday this month and I have set aside time for
daily devotions and prayer every morning. I can't say I'm where I want to be yet as
I really want to have a time during the evening for prayer as well. But, I have
begun to develop the habits that I have been working toward.
I can't say that all of my prayers have been answered...
what I can say, is that when things get chaotic or I come up against
difficult situations, I am able to find recollect my thoughts and find peace
again very quickly. I am the one who finds the calm and the path for my family
and the way to do that most effectively is to find Jesus where ever I happen to be.
My husband and I have adjusted our diets considerably in the past 6 months.
We started out following the Paleo diet and have slowly introduced
foods that were forbidden...mostly grains.
I have figured out which grains agree with me and which don't and it's been so helpful.
I've lost almost 20 pounds but that was an unexpected surprise!
I feel better!