We have been away for two weeks and there was so much time to nurture my inner life. Plenty of time to just be, to immerse myself in nature, to pause, to think, to reflect, to process, to read.
Back working I need to be more mindful of how I nurture my inner life. I have disciplines and practices but it can be easy to get swallowed up by what needs to be done and the urgency that sometimes accompanies everyday living.
I helpfully read this in my daily readings book, Charles Ringma commenting in relation to a perceived inner poverty:
The enrichment of our inner life is therefore not an optional extra. It is life itself. It will allow us to hold our achievements with open hands in the realisation that we are more than our accomplishments. It will also allow us to respond creatively to difficulty because we have wells to draw from that need never be dry.
It is one of the reasons why I am so passionate about spiritual health and focusing on ensuring that is flourishing as much as possible, it is easy to slip into unhelpful habits or practices or neglect what we know works for us or benefits us when we begin to get too busy or overwhelmed.
I am reflecting on my pattern of work and looking at what tweaks I can make which mean my inner life continues to be well nurtured in the ways that work best for me.
How are you nurturing your inner life?
Charles Ringma Dare to Journey with Henri Nouwen Reflection 68.