Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. (Psalm 62:5)
Remember the Beatle’s song, “I’m So Tired”? John Lennon sounds pretty tired until the refrain where he screams:
“You know I’d give you everything I’ve got for a little peace of mind!!!”
Even if you don’t know the song…you can relate to the scream right?! So what do you do when your soul screams, “I’d give you everything I got…for a little peace of mind!” I’d suggest giving some ancient spiritual practices a try. Now these practices aren’t the goal. The aim of the practice is to connect us with the Living God in a manner that deeply settles our inner being (soul). Keep that in mind.
Here’s some practices that help our bodies get in line with the Spirit (we will talk later about specific exercises for the will and mind as well):
- Practice stillness. How often do you take a long deliberate space to just sit still? I’d suggest taking 5 minutes at the start or close of your day, to sit somewhere quiet with God. Let your body slow down. This takes practice! “Be still …and know He is God.” (Ps. 46:10)
- Fasting. I hear the groans. Skipping some meals doesn’t sound all that fun, however there can be great spiritual gain as we do…just ask Daniel (see Dan. 1:12).
- Sabbath: Taking a deliberate break from work so you can rest in God’s presence is critical to our life’s rhythm. We tend to run around as if the world depends on us…when in fact He’s got the whole world in His hands. Take a break this week.
If you are like John Lennon and need a little “peace of mind (or body!)” step into one of these practices for a season. They are tried and true helps to restoring our soul!