Although June’s blog focuses on “getting out of our comfort zone”, my thoughts continue to dwell on how we create Pause, enough to regularly gather around the table. It’s not easy to slow down and un-automate! Perhaps the bigger question to ask is “Where is our quiet space at work, home, in life?”
Laugh out loud, right, especially when glancing a disorganized desk and too many breakfast dishes? Yet, creating a space, physically and spiritually, for daily serenity is so important. Quiet time centers us, enlivens our senses, and heightens what’s important. Pausing leads to living deliberately. And, since life comes and goes quickly, we want to work and play with intention. Although mealtime might not always equate to “quiet time”, it still represents a chance to get off the treadmill and cultivate relationships with loved ones, friends and acquaintance.
To create a relaxed mealtime, add some serene “tools” to the table, similar to those found in a meditation space. Kerry Lee MacLean, author of The Family Meditation Book describes a meditation space as follows: “an environment that wakes you up and reminds you of the sacredness of life.” Don’t miss out! Wake up! Consider making the dining space (and your work space, too) peaceful with the following: