Finding a ‘A Quiet Place’ in a connected world
At the age of 72 it amazes me the changes that have taken place in my lifetime.
We have moved from radio being the primary source of home entertainment and news to a smart phone that places at my fingertips the latest weather forecast, news from around the world, access to movies and television shows, and the ability to communicate instantly by voice, text, or email. I have witnessed the fantasy of space travel become a reality with man setting foot on the moon.
With all these changes our world seems to have become a busy and noisy place. The capability of being able to be in instant contact with friends and professional help in time of crisis is a great gift; it can also be a problem if we aren’t careful.
When I see individuals sharing a meal each engrossed in texting or checking their smart phone I wonder if they aren’t sacrificing an opportunity to be there for one another and further their relationship. I wonder if we aren’t losing the skill of engaging in conversation because of our reliance on technology.
I also wonder if this wondrous technology hasn’t robbed us of the capability of finding a quiet place for contemplation. Spending time reflecting on the events of the day has been shown to possess great therapeutic benefits. It can put things in perspective when one lists those things that one has to be thankful for. It can be a source of growth and insight as one reflects on the lessons of the day’s events. Many find keeping a journal to record one’s thoughts each day helps with this process.
Finally, just being quiet and listening for the still small voice of the Creator can provide guidance and the reassurance that one is loved and created for a purpose. There are many techniques for quieting one’s mind and listening for the Creator. For some the sound of water can be beneficial, others find focusing on a candle, still others find reading a passage of Scripture several times and putting one’s self in the story. Leader’s of the various faith communities in our area can provide guidance in this area.
For more information contact: Rev David E. Smith, Pastor – firstname.lastname@example.org, (518) 572-4051