I chose a picture of a peaceful setting for tonight’s blog. I don’t know about you, but I need to pause and relax for awhile. I want to quiet my mind and just let the words flow.

My parents’ condo complex has a beautiful lake and it always feels so peaceful there. That is one of the reasons I moved to Florida over 6 years ago. Interestingly, I had to go through a long period of anxiety here before returning to a place of peace. Now I really appreciate moments like this.

My cat, Fergie, certainly has no problem relaxing. In fact, she’s right beside me showing off her ability. She is a great teacher. I can rest my mind while watching her body gently rise and fall with her breath. I think we all probably need this…a few minutes of quiet rest each day. Another way to relax is to meditate. It helps me to meditate with a friend. We set a timer for 5 minutes and silently focus on a passage of Scripture or a phrase.

If you have trouble relaxing, try looking at a peaceful picture, gazing at a body of water, watching your pet, or meditating with a friend. You owe this to yourself. It’s part of taking care of yourself and your health. Let’s thank God for the Gift of Relaxation on the Journey.