An Empowering Moment: Just Be





OUR LIVES get so busy, but there is nothing wrong in giving ourselves permission to take a few minutes to stop and 'just be'.

Author Elizabeth Sam recommends that we 'make time every day to stop running, stop planning, stop multi-tasking, and be still. If five minutes a day is all you have, start with that.'

Stop right now. Do it! Take a deep breath and say, Self (put your name in here), I give you permission to stop what you're doing and be restful for 5 minutes. And, I release you from feeling guilty.

You'll notice a difference -- a sense of calm will start to settle. The stress and tension will melt. You'll feel balance returning. You might even notice that the birds are singing. Ahhhhhhh!


Now go and live beautifully...





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45 comments:

Lin Floyd said...

taking time to pray can accomlish this also...

Brenda Leyland said...

You're absolutely right about that, Lin! I do that all the time too.

I wonder how many people actually do too. I might have to go in and edit to include that amazing tool.

Thanks for the reminder! You're a blessing, Lin!

Lorrie said...

taking time to just be in the moment is very refreshing.
Thanks for this reminder, Brenda.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

lovely suggestion!!!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

[reason for no caps.. i fell on my arm]

wonder why you make us do word ver., when you have comment verification turned on? i love comment ver., but don't find it necessary to have word ver. on too.

just wondering...

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

[reason for no caps.. i fell on my arm]

thank you so much for not taking offense at my question! i do tend to over-step and be a 'busy-body.' bleahhhhhhhhhhhhh...

anyway, i so believe in comment verification! everyone reads their comments anyway. with comment ver. setting on, we read our comments, before we publish them. no spam gets in our blog comments, this way.

i'm one of those bloggers who sort of *hates* to have to do the word ver. thing, in order to comment in blogs. and rather than just not go back to a blog which has word ver. setting on, i tend to mention it.

my feeling is, since with comment ver., we read all our comments anyway, and vet them ~~~ there seems to be no reason to have word ver. setting on too.

long reply! sorry! and i'm supposed to be not using my left hand as much. -grin-

Christine said...

You write deep and intersting thoughts. When I get the time I like to go back and reread some of your posts on this blog.

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

So beautifully said Brenda!!
I am going to go take a deep breath and relax for 5 minutes!!
I so enjoyed some of your previous posts I've read and am going to follow so I dont miss anything :-)
Thanks so much for sharing your gift of writing!!!
Hugs and Smiles,
Lynn

Debbie said...

Why do we feel so guilty for taking 5 minutes for spoiling ourselves?
After all, we sure deserve it!

Thanks for such a lovely post!

DEBBIE MOSS

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

Hi :) Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for your lovely comment! I've just signed on as your newest follower, and if you haven't already, I hope you would be interested in following mine :)

I should take 5 minutes out of my time to just sit, relax, and do nothing!! Sometimes I have more than one thing going at once, and I get sooo stressed out. Doing this may just help me a bit, don't you think :) I promise to give it a try!

Have a wonderful week, warmest, Brenda

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Thank you for the reminder...it is very easy to get caught up in "should do's" isn't it?

Jody Hedlund said...

I love that advice, Brenda! We often just get SO busy trying to DO things that we don't stop to BE in the moment!

And thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Looking forward to getting to know you!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Thank you, dear sister. I heard once that since Satan knows he cannot make us bad, he will tempt us to be busy.

Hugs,
Jen

Creative Carmelina said...

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh thanks for this reminder...
i did actually stop and close my eyes for a bit....i think i need to get glasses...cause they are so strained....

great post!
ciao bella
creative carmelina...

now, can you by any chance make my laundry guilt go away!? lol

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love this idea....as soon as I finish with this post, I am taking my 5 minutes!

Jan Mader said...

Thanks for the good reminder. Taking time to enjoy a moment can turn into a lifelong memory...

Miss Sandy said...

What a precious post! I think the hardest part of just being is releasing ones self from feeling guilty, why is that? Beautiful thoughts to ponder on this morning, thank you.

Home and Heart said...

How true! Women need to remember that we matter, and need our own time. This way we can come back to our families re-charged and renewed.
Thank you so much for your sweet visit to my blog, and for your precious comments! I am so glad you have what must be a wonderful "Honeylamb". "Honeylamb and I" Is a fun blog. I hope we visit again!
Your blog is pinky goodness!

rama said...

What a lovely suggestion. I do that everyday and feel really great.
I am happy I came across your blog.I am your follower. Come and visit my space too. It is always nice to have friends from different backgrounds. I am from India. Have a great day.

Arti said...

A beautiful post... Loved it and I have tried it and it works very well indeed! Have a great weekend:)

Angel @ Finding The Inspiring said...

Love your blog (and thank you for stopping by and visiting mine)! I so agree with your post and feel it is important to pause and breathe and take time to "just be". Blessings to you!

Elizabethd said...

I so agree with you Brenda. That quiet time when you can just 'be', and allow the Lord to speak to you is very precious.
Thank you for visiting me. It's nice to make new friends!

Barb said...

Hi Brenda,
Thank you for stopping by. I just love that dog praying video.
This is a very timely post for me. Thank you for sharing it.

big hugs,
Barb

Purrfect Haven said...

yes, time to breathe and relish the moment. Helen x

myletterstoemily said...

i completely agree! great thoughts.

*CREATIVE CARMELINA* said...

Brenda! this post is blissful....what a reminder..i think it is natural for women to forget themselves and do do do all the time....so I love this reminder . as I try to do this each day myself...it really is helpful!

thanks for stopping by!
ciao bella

creative carmelina

Touched By Grace said...

Lovely suggestion. Though lately I have been feeling a bit too rested up...until your recent cyber visit! I posted a response on your comment as it so inspired me:
http://graceinmyface.blogspot.com/2010/12/gods-timing.html

Thank you

Kamana said...

beautiful reminder to start my day off!

Cora said...

Thank you for that...yes we often need that few minutes to regroup and refresh!
Thank you for your visit today...please stop by again sometime, I'd love to have you!!
Merry Christmas Blessings!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Brenda- I am going to really and truly try! Thanks for the encouragement!:) Lori

Gwendolyn said...

Stop. It is such a powerful word and one we need to hear and then put into practice. You are right. I like to have that moment first thing in the morning, realizing who I am in Christ. He is the One Who empowers me to live life fully, just as He created me to be.

Design Elements said...

just in now! lovely greetings

corners of my life said...

. . . a sense of calm settled in and I fell asleep. Must be I was up too late last night!

Julie Jarnagin said...

This is exactly what I needed to hear today!

Jaime Wright said...

beautiful post! breathing deeply and determined to see the beauty today! :)

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

So so true...good, good word!

Elizabethd said...

A real encouragement to just stop, simply stop. Maybe listen, but do nothing, absolutely nothing.

Lora said...

Great advice. I'm taking it as soon as I push publish your comment. ;) thanks for stopping by abundant life. Your words are an encouragement to me.

Many blessings to you.
In HIm,
Lora

Leann said...

Amen to this - it's hard sometimes isn't it?

Thanks for stopping by. Come back again if you have the time.

Leann

mysteryhistorymom said...

Brenda- I am going to try this tomorrow! Thank you so much for the inspiration! Lori

no spring chicken said...

Definitely the right thing to do. But I'm just finishing this up so I can leave for a baby shower. My husband will be home in just minutes for dinner... So unless I had given myself YOUR time...! O.K. I guess this really is the time I should give... ;)

Blessings, Debbie

Mr Puddy said...

Mom said that's thing , she learn from me too : )
Thank you to take your time to visit me and make a lovely comments.
Furry Kisses to you
xxx

Anonymous said...

thank you

Janet said...

It works! the deep breath break to 'just be'! Thank-you...and yes, I agree with Lin Floyd. I need to remember not to get wrapped up in anxiety but to release it to God!

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