Saturday, February 25, 2012

Serenity in the middle of the storm

When I was a child most people I knew had at least one rocking chair at their house, especially older people.  Of course, a rocking chair does not mean the same for a child. For a child a rocking chair is just that “a chair that rocks” the harder, the better. It is like being in your own blissful place. You rock back and forth none stop until you get tired or until an adult asked you to get up.

I remember looking to buy one for the longest time. I wanted something nice and comfortable, but not very expensive. I kept looking for almost a year; it was the piece missing at my house. The one I liked were too expensive and the one that were inexpensive were not that nice.  However, I did not stop looking until I found exactly what I have in mind or close and for a price I was able to afford.  
Why did I want to get a rocking chair so bad?

Sometimes life gets so hectic that we forget to unwind. We want to this, we want to accomplish that, and we do not take time to nourish our soul. Furthermore, some of us do not have the money or the time for therapy or healing retreats, but everyone needs to get the feeling of relaxation every so often.  Therefore, I tried to find something that would bring the sensation of repose to my life. That was my rocking chair!
 A rocking chair symbolizes tranquility and childhood joy for me. It does not matter if I just sit to drink coffee or if I sit rocking slowly back and forth with my eyes closed; it is just a different experience. Sometimes I wonder if it brings the same feeling to my friends, because for some reason most people who visit me prefer to sit on my rocking chair.

It is very important even as an adult to be able to get into that blissful place. To go to a space where you can meditate, relax, let everything go, even if it is just for a few minutes. Starts thinking about things that make you feel like a child again, about things that bring quietness to your soul and mind.  Think about what it can be.  It can be a place, a room, a corner, a game, a hobby, or just a piece of furniture like mine. The important thing is to get in touch with your inner child, to get to that place where nothing matter, where you can enjoy serenity in the middle of the storm. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Children's church for adults

A pastor once said to the members of his congregation, “Children sometimes can be a distraction (loud, playful, uncontrollable, etc).  Do not get me wrong I love children, but they can get out of hand sometimes. One of the reason we have a children church is for parents and other members to focus on the sermon, not on controlling the children.  I do not want anyone to lose a blessing, so please take your children to children’s church”.
 Nevertheless, have you ever being at church listening to the sermon very attentively when suddenly one of the members (adult) starts yelling?
Does this sound familiar? Hallelujah!!!!  Preach!!!!  Preach pastor!!!!  I know what you are going to say!!!!! say it!!!! (The exclamation points are the level of loudness). They start talking directly to the pastor from their seats while the pastor is preaching. 
If you were going to be blessed by something the pastor was going to say at that particular moment, too bad, but you lost your blessing. You were not able to hear anything, because the person next to you started yelling from the top of his/her lungs.
It is normal for people to express their emotions, saying whatever they feel at any particular moment based on the preaching, “Amen!" Thank you Jesus!" etc.  Nevertheless, there is a different between that and shouting like if they were at circus.
I am sure sometimes people wish they could say to that person “shut your mouth!”, I know I do.   At times one wonders if all they want is to be noticed.  Can this be explained? It is like the child who cannot be quiet at school.  
Don’t you think this is equally distracting? Should the church also have a special place for noisy adults? Or do you think this is perfectly fine?