I love going to my summer parish in the US! There is something comforting about going to a place every summer since 1999 and their singing of the Our Father literally brings me to tears! It truly is a spiritual experience.
Tonight our Polish priest talked about relaxing and not worrying. Is it a coincidence this was the theme of my daily reflection today from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, http://www.jesuscalling.com/ (it is also available as an app on your phone). I call that a Godincident! Clearly God knew I needed to hear this message not once but two times today. Speaking of today, I sometimes get gripped with worry about my kids, bills or the future instead of relaxing and trusting that each day is a gift regardless if I don’t like everything that I face. I know with God’s grace I can get through anything life throws at me.
As I walked out of mass I heard the two ladies behind me talking about how powerful hearing the Our Father sung makes them feel . Of course I had to chime in and turn back to tell them I couldn’t agree more! We had a nice chat with one lady telling me her mother in law had gone to the church for 43 years. Life is just too short to not enjoy the little moments! I am glad I spoke to these women.
Here are a few ways to help me relax in today and not focus on tomorrow.
So here are a few ways I worry less and relax:
- I constantly repeat “Jesus” in my mind. Pick a word that resonates with you. For me this small chant immediately has a calming effect on me. In particular my racing heart feels comfort and slows downs almost instantly. Give it a try!
- I love clutching my rosary beads when I sleep. If I wake up and go anywhere near worry I find my beads and I am back asleep in no time.
- A change of scenery is always helpful for getting my mind to switch gears and focus on the positive and not getting mired in the negative. A quick dog walk or grocery store trip can help me to feel refreshed and refocused.
- Speaking to family or friends. There is nothing better than having an empathetic ear to lean on. Knowing I am not alone and can reach out to family or friends for support at any time is a great source of comfort.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Beet and Tahini Dip
I love my go to hummus recipe but this dip is perfect for summer, beautiful and light! Next time I will put some lemon zest on top.
1 large beet
1/4 C tahini
1 T lemon juice
1/4 C greek yogurt
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375F
- Wash and trim the ends of your beet, wrap in tinfoil and place on a baking sheet and bake until a fork inserts and feels soft, about 1 hour
- Let cool and then rub away the skin of the beet and cut in large chunks
- Put all the ingredients in a food processor and whiz up. Taste and adjust seasonings
I served with a piece of lightly salted Matzah that I brushed with olive and baked until nice and hot, carrot and celery stick.