Good Evening, God
I was joking with a friend this morning about getting combobulated. I really didn’t think it was a “word” but here is the definition:To put together in a somewhat mysterious manner. To bring something out of a state of confusion or disarray.
Perfect! That is what I’m trying to do . . . to bring myself “out of a state of confusion and disarray.
How? Well, for sure Centering Prayer twice a day helps me focus on You — on What is Eternal and GOOD! And I’ve started beginning my day by lighting a candle and just sitting in front of the Light. Before screen time. Before connecting with others. I’m beginning my day by connecting with me.
What else am I doing? Rebuilding various states of DEPLETION!!! Sleep depletion is one. I bought black out curtains. And I do what I have to do to get to bed BEFORE my Night Owl awakens. Also, I’m wearing blue light blocking glasses when I have to work at a screen after the sun sets.
Nutritional depletion is another factor. I’ve been diligent about supplements for my wonderful husband Kit. Less so for myself. Now I’m making an effort to restore my nutrients. Stress, Fear, and Uncertainty rapidly deplete most water soluble vitamins.
And then there is the depletion of “being with” times. Regular get togethers in person are missing. And as an extrovert this is a loss. FaceTiming and Zooming aren’t as satisfying. But, I make an effort to maintain and cherish those opportunities. And to embrace new opportunities like Centering Prayer groups. I also make it a point to be with nature — walking outdoors in our neighborhood.
Perhaps the most important factor in Combobulating is HOPE. Hope in You, God, Faith in You, and in Your Love. This is way beyond Reason. It is the way of the mystics. It is the “awareness” that allowed Dame Julian of Norwich to say — in the midst of the Black Death — “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”