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Chaplain’s Corner

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the world.” ~Marcus Aurelius

Inner peace can be such an elusive thing, don’t you think?

There are so many distractions and disturbances in the world around us and in our own lives. Some days feel like a maelstrom of issues to be concerned about or to create disharmony.

So much disorder and chaos to chew over that it’s sometimes hard to meditate on the good that we also find in our world. The media bombards us with images of pain and hurt and though it’s important for us to know about the terrible things that are affecting our world, it’s also important to keep some balance, to reflect on some of the positive things and achievements that are happening as well to be able to face the heart-breaking things and to keep the kind of perspective that enables us to look for and work towards resolution of those where we can.

As an example: If I ask you to think of the last three things that stuck with you from the news this week what would they be?

Now if you think of the three things that have happened in your own life in the last week that have made the most lasting impression, what would they be?

I’m not going to try to second guess you but I know for myself the first things that come to mind when I ask myself those questions are the things which have had a some kind of negative impact on my emotions. If that’s been the same for you – how do you mitigate against the emotional impact of that? Do you take time out to look after yourself maybe with meditation or prayer or maybe channelling that emotional energy into exercise? There are apps for everything these days and some of them can be incredibly useful was to take some time out for yourself either to help you get off to sleep, to start and stick to an at home exercise plan or to spend time in prayer or meditation.

If you want to explore this a bit further, chaplains are happy to do that and please remember whatever issues you are facing in your personal or professional life, however you are feeling about them, know that chaplains are good listeners who don’t judge or try to tell you what to do. As chaplains part of our role is to help you find ways of nourishing yourself, giving yourself time to explore what will help you to feel positive and hopeful in life. We are that listening ear that you can bounce thoughts, hopes or concerns onto. We can also sign-post you to organisations that provide extra support in a range of situations. We’re here most Monday and Wednesday lunchtimes to listen whatever you would like to talk about and if you just want to break up your day with a light-hearted conversation that’s great too.

If you don’t manage to catch up with a chaplain on site, as always you can contact us via email on info@mitechaplaincy.com where you can request a call-back, or you are very welcome to call me (Debbie) directly on my mobile: 07526 378529 either to chat or to arrange a time to meet up with myself or one of the other chaplains.

We also have a range of resources on our web-site that help in dealing with stress: https://mite.org.uk If you prefer you can easily keep in touch with us on social media: Facebook: @mitechaplaincy Twitter: @mitesthwarr