Taking 365 Vacations a Year: Creating a Practice of Spiritual Renewal

365 vacations a year? Are we for real? You bet! This is the best personal benefit plan you can give yourself! Now — let’s define what we mean by vacation. A vacation, in this context,is anything from a minimum of 15 minutes to a maximum of an entire day where you do something fun, energizing, relaxing, or personally enriching — just for yourself! Every single day! It could be a short walk, enjoying a cup of wonderfully-flavored coffee, watching a movie, reading a book, going for a swim, getting a pedicure or massage, listening to music, dancing, golfing, biking, meditating … gosh, the list could go on forever! The key is to consciously carve out a block of time EVERY DAY just for this personal care: hit pause, and treat yourself to something nice. And remind yourself, “I deserve this, because I am worthy!”

In our recent Sunday Truth Talk, we focused on “Hitting Pause for a Moment.” The idea of taking 365 vacations a year fits right in with it. It is incredibly refreshing and rejuvenating to pause (even if it is only 15 minutes), just for the joy of taking a designated time for yourself at a conscious level every day. But if you want to take this idea up a notch – a huge notch – remember what we shared: we all have a SPIRITUAL Pause Button! When we take 365 SPiritually-focused vacations, we can truly renew ourselves spiritually.

Jesus as the Christ understood the power of hitting pause. He would often go up to the mountain to be alone, rejuvenate, and pray. There’s a great example in Mark 6:31. It’s only one verse, but packs a powerful punch! Let’s look at the last part of the verse first, because it sets the stage. Jesus and His disciples are in a situation which is described this way: “there was much coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.” Sound familiar? Life was busy, they were feeling overwhelmed! But instead of pushing to do more, Jesus instructed His disciples, “Come ye apart into a quiet place and rest a while.” Metaphysically, this means to create time in the Silence to ‘hit pause’ and be still, to distance ourselves from material thoughts and the world of appearance.

Our Spiritual Pause comes in the form of four words: Be Still and Know! Be Still:  hit the pause button – And Know: know that you are God expressing. Know that you have Divine Powers flowing within, ready for your calling; Know that you stand in the midst of Spiritual Principles that never fail.

And while we have these always active and available in our life, we want to suggest hitting spiritual pause for a moment in three particular instances throughout any day.

1. When you feel yourself experiencing extreme stress. When things pile up and life seems overwhelming, allow yourself the luxury of a few moments of meditation, breathing, relaxation – time to call forth your Divine Powers to open channels of guidance and peace. It is amazing how helpful 15-20 minutes of meditation can be in the midst of a chaotic situation. Be still and know that within you is the very center of your beingness, the Divinity that is the very nature of God expressing. The only way to really benefit from the awareness of your Oneness is to Hit Pause for a Moment, be still and know!

2. When you are in the midst of an emotional situation. We all know that when things get emotional, we tend to say and do things we often wish we could get back! But once the words or actions are out there, there is no re-do! The impact has been made. So when you realize you are feeling emotional, make a conscious decision to hit pause for a moment! That’s really all it takes! A deep breath, an affirmation of peace and calm, a moment to behold the Christ as the other person or people involved. A moment to be still and know that you can speak and act from your highest, most elevated level of Consciousness, and contribute to an incredible, more satisfying outcome. Be still and know!

3. This is the “sleeper” – the one we forget about, and yet, it is the one we believe is most valuable! You want to hit spiritual Pause for a moment to celebrate your gratitude! A moment to honor and recognize the Truth of who you are, and the billions of blessings that you experience every single day! So often we reserve our Spiritual Pauses for when we are in trouble, or find ourselves desperately seeking answers. But the secret to getting those answers quickly at the moment of need is to be “Prayed Up” – to use our Spiritual Pause when we are in a “good” place spiritually. In moments of joy and peace, Be Still and Know!

No matter what you are going through, appearing good, bad, stressful, peaceful, easy, difficult – no matter what, make the conscious decision to Hit Pause for a Moment – Use your Spiritual Pause to Be Still and Know – Know that you truly are walking the spiritual path on practical, peaceful, powerful feet.

(You can hear our entire Truth Talk by visiting our USLC Blog.)

The Authors: Combine a flair for the dramatic, a deep understanding of metaphysics combined with the teachings of Jesus, and a zest for ministry, and you have defined Revs. Bil & Cher Holton, the dynamic duo who serve as co-ministers for Unity Spiritual Life Center, Durham, NC. This exciting couple bring their love for Truth Principles to everything they do, and work together to create a center that lives its vision and mission in everything it does.They are prolific authors, and share their metaphysical and spiritual principles through their website: http://www.TheMetaphysicalBible.com

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