You can find quiet moments in loud placesigorstevanovic/Shutterstock
When I decided to try to follow the meditations from Mother Teresa’s A Simple Path for a week, I envisioned myself reading her book on a park bench at sunrise, closing my eyes and letting the words sink in. Alas, there was not a single day when that happened. Instead, I tossed the book into a tattered canvas tote and read it on the subway in little slivers of time while barreling across New York City. I dog-eared the pages that inspired me, like the one that said, “In the silence of the heart, God speaks,” and I promised myself that I would find silence and prayer later, except later never came.
A Simple Path talks a lot about having love for ourselves since we will be better able to serve and love others if we are “filled up.” I learned to find silence and love for myself in tiny moments—walking around the corner for coffee, closing my eyes waiting for the bus, working at my desk. Instead of wishing I was without interruption or responsibilities, I embraced the noise in and around me.
If you are working on being present here are 11 easy ways you can fit mindfulness in your life. Finding quiet was more about an inner peace than an external calm—I’ve learned to go about my day and find the silence in my heart whenever I can.
Love can be so simple if we let itPushish Images/Shutterstock
A loved one is going through a rough patch and I make it a point to call her every few weeks to lend an ear. (Have a friend in a difficult circumstance? Here’s what NOT to say.) I had a small window of time free so I gave her a ring. I half expected to be burdened with an intense discussion or to expend precious emotional energy, yet when she answered my call, she had good news for me—she and her partner were hired for a job they both wanted and needed. Plus they were busy and couldn’t chat long. All that was left for me to do was share their good news, show excitement, and send celebratory emojis. Mother Teresa wrote, “Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.” By showing up for the small thing like a phone call to a loved one, I found myself energized when I didn’t expect to be and reminded that the “work” of love is often less complicated than I make it out to be.