Rest Your Eyes on Something Pleasing: Practicing reverence

images-1Behold!  Moving boxes!… or behold! a beautiful view!  The choice is yours.

Because we live at a boarding school, our family has moved quite a bit from one residence to another, as the school’s needs and our family size has changed over the years.  Every time we move I have a chance to appreciate certain features of our new housing…. or focus on what’s missing.   My shabby chic furniture can look more shabby or more chic, depending on my perspective.

Reverence is defined as having deep respect and appreciation for someone or something.  To get an idea of how the practice of reverence might affect your mood, consider some antonyms for the word reverence like contempt, despise, disrespect, insult, to scoff at….. ugh!  How do those words make you feel?

It’s actually a survival technique gone awry that makes us feel uncomfortable when we see something that is unfinished or imperfect.  Our reptilian brain can trick us into thinking that we are in some danger if we don’t weed the garden, go through the junk mail, and visit the dentist at regular intervals.  We get fooled into believing something life threatening will happen if we haven’t taken care of all the loose ends.   While this is possible, it’s not likely.  It’s a powerful stress reduction technique to counterbalance the natural human tendency to look for what is going wrong by appreciating what is going well.

Reverence is defined as having deep respect and appreciation for someone or something.  To get an idea of how the practice of reverence might affect your mood, consider some antonyms for the word reverence like contempt, despise, disrespect, insult, to scoff at….. ugh!  How do those words make you feel?

Here’s a mindful hub worksheet on Practicing Reverence.  Print it off and carry it with you this week.  Let us know how the mindfulness skill of practicing reverence changes your week.

We wish you twenty minutes of mindfulness every day!

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