I wrote the following reflection to our staff last week, but I soon realised the application is relevant to most of us, especially busy family life. This time of year, is largely the antithesis of silence or a slowing down. We are bombarded with stimuli overload, professionally, personally and in other dimensions of our lives. We come to accept these things to be fact. But what happens when these things overshadow some of the more important things we should be saying or doing as a matter of our everyday interactions with our families, colleagues, friends, and loves ones? The lines can get blurred very quickly. Before too long, we can easily find ourselves making excuses not to stop and say "hello" to someone for even a few minutes.
We also need to find time to reflect, even in our busyness, on what matters; it’s important to find time to attending to our spiritual/faith needs just as much as we need time to reflect on our relationships with others.
I say this because the liturgical season of Advent is just around the corner. If we stay too busy or too preoccupied with irrelevant and trivial matters during Advent, we will not be prepared for Christmas. In fact, by the time Christmas gets here we may be too overwhelmed, too tired, and stressed out to enter deep into the gift of the birth of Christ. The true meaning of the season of preparation for Christmas that we call Advent, is about reflection, preparation, anticipation, waiting, and joyful celebration.
We also need silence to grow in the spiritual life. Now is the time to plan a period of silence each day throughout Advent. 5-10 minutes away from devices, the frenetic buzz of work, the noise of traffic, the bustle of the gym, the craziness of the supermarket, or any other busy activity. Find time to stop and be still, stop and enter a silent space.
The reflection, the silence, and the stillness are aspects of the Advent season. We also need to spend time praying or contemplating as well.
Advent could be a time to find those moments when we ‘ground ourselves’ in what matters the most and what is inherently important - our relationships with others, Christ, and our own wellbeing. A few moments of silence each day may help us tune into these things.
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