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What is Important to You?

Have you ever noticed that after you clear clutter, organize your desk, or clean out your closet, you feel a great relief?  It’s as though you can see the horizon again, which gives you a sense of spaciousness.

But then, gradually, over the weeks, the piles and stacks begin to reappear. Once again, the desk is covered in papers and folders, and the closet seems like an overgrown garden. You need to clear the clutter again.

There is a rhythm to this gathering and emptying out: it happens inside ourselves, in our interior home, as well as in our exterior home.

Just this morning, I woke up before dawn, and realized that I needed to clear some interior clutter. Once again, I was filling up my calendar, feeling pressure to get things done. Yet, there is a deeper part of myself that is needing to find some inner spaciousness right now, and to trust in the unfolding of my life.

These questions have emerged in the process:

  1. What is essential? What is important to me?
  2. What do I need; and what am I called to let go of?

I take these questions to prayer, and open myself up to a deeper listening within, a listening to my life with the Divine. As I am saying goodbye to the clutter, I am choosing to let the clearing out be a journey of also finding inner spaciousness. I take a moment to say “Thank you,” and to trust that by letting go I am moving forward, praying for the Spirit to guide me, direct me, and help me to move with grace to the rhythm of my heart, and the movement of God in my life.

Here’s a prayer to guide you this week:

Holy Spirit Prayer of Saint Augustine

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit,
That my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit,
That my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,
That I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,
To defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit,
That I always may be holy.
(Saint Augustine (354-430) created this poetic prayer to the Holy Spirit)

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