In my last posting I wrote about how easy it is to create sacred space at home with your child by setting a table with only a cloth, a candle, and a Bible. Since then, I have recalled an even simpler way to create sacred space, with nothing more than each other.
When my son, Ivan, was four years old his father and I were separated. I worried greatly about the effect this would have on Ivan and my daughter, Allison, who was then eleven years old. We went to church and to our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd sessions as usual. I prayed with them before bed.
To strengthen my relationship with God I prayed alone twice a day in my bedroom. I meditated for an hour before my children awoke in the morning, and wrote in my journal for an hour most evenings before going to sleep. On cold mornings I pulled the comforter off the bed and wrapped myself in it to stay warm as I sat in a chair during my meditation. One morning, Ivan awoke early and walked into my room as I was meditating. I opened up the comforter and invited Ivan to sit in my lap until I was done. He sat and dozed, and I enjoyed an oasis of warm contentment in the midst of a time of uncertainty and pain.
Meditation can be done anywhere, at any time, for any amount of time. To begin, choose a time when you are not in a hurry, perhaps shortly before your child goes to sleep. Start with 5 minutes. Setting a timer can help you relax. If your smart phone is nearby, set it on airplane mode. Let your child know that this will be a time during which you will pray silently to God with a word or words you will choose together. Sit in a chair or on the couch and cuddle together, maybe wrapped up in a blanket. Then close your eyes and silently repeat your prayer. Thoughts may crowd in: accept each thought and repeat your prayer. You may fall asleep: that, too, can be a prayer. Sitting silently together will bring you closer to each other and to God. Little by little, try extending the time by a minute or two until you find the time that is right for you. Close with a short prayer said out loud, thanking God for your time together.
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Until next time . . .
P.S. Find more information about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at cgsusa.org