In order to grow towards a deeper sense of identity and to open our selves to others, we need times of quiet and reflection, times of inner peace and relaxation. If we are preoccupied with plans and a compulsive need to succeed and be appreciated, or if we are tired, tense and stressed, it is difficult to slow down and welcome and listen to reality and to others. Our internal motor runs too fast. It is impossible to be silent and stand back from what is happening in order to consider our motives and fears. The heart’s silence is blotted out by the noise of the motor. Growth demands that we are fit, well rested, and relaxed both in body and spirit. So it is important to find a healthy rhythm of life, and to know how much rest we need and the types of relaxation that give life.
Today I give thanks to God for another year's journey around the sun. I rejoice in the love I share with so many in this world. I am grateful for the notes of love and support you sent today and look forward to a deeper solidarity in our work of compassion and peace in whatever time remains. Blessings.