I know I’m in a place of deep contentment and peace when I sleep really well at night.
Some people can lay their heads on the pillow at the end of the day and consistently conk out–that’s not the case for me. If I’m not careful, nighttime can be a brooding time for me . . . thinking about projects, pondering the perpetual to-do list, and yes, worrying about those dear to me.
There are also times when I’m in the middle of something new or preparing for a new adventure and I’m too excited to sleep because I might miss something!
Surely I’m not the only one.
Then there are periods like now, when I’m so okay that I slip right into dreamland with little effort. But these times are fairly rare, so in an effort to hold onto the feeling (and continue to sleep), I decided to delve into the idea of deep contentment.
First, I think deep contentment requires feeling comfortable in the present moment. No matter what stimuli is flashing around me (and coming off the Independence Day weekend, there have been plenty of flashing, star-lit stimuli), I can let it happen on the periphery. I’m good right where I am.
Second, I believe deep contentment requires a healed heart. Life dramas grip us from time to time; small or major, they press inward with increasing pressure until fissures appear in our hearts. When my heart hurts, even minor pain caused by a misunderstood deed or a misinterpreted conversation, I struggle with contentment until the salve of forgiveness soothes the wounded place.
Finally, deep contentment requires being willing to let go, to surrender to the natural state of my being where only good is intended. This is the place where I don’t play the gloomy music of the world, where I know that everything in this moment is perfect as it is.
Perfect, as usual!
I like this place of deep contentment so much that I’ve decided I’d like to stay here. Wouldn’t you? So, let’s make a pact: whenever we slip away from deep contentment for a while, we’ll get back as quickly as possible.
One avenue back is the “perfect, as usual” response.
Imagine that you walk into a room where your child or your grandchild is eating cereal from a bowl. You glance at the soggy contents and think it looks kind of gross. But you keep your thought to yourself and instead ask, “How are your corn flakes?
The child replies, “Perfect, as usual!”
Whether the moment includes milky corn flakes or a broken down car, the moment, not the circumstances, is perfect. What if we adopt that idea as a default setting, as an automatic response to the poopiness in our lives?
You see, “perfect, as usual” aligns with our natural state of goodness. God’s vision for us is deep contentment and peace. When I consciously decide to move my daily vision closer to God’s vision, I feel contentment and peace.
The bonus is I get to sleep better! How are you sleeping these days?
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