I’m in the midst of an epiphany.
So many people my age are intimidated by technology and its children, but I am intrigued.
My latest fascination has been the fitbit.
I purchased one of these devises last April or May so that I could monitor my movement and my sleeping.
In terms of sleep, light has been shed on the amount of time I am awake at night.
The epiphany, however, is in the daytime movement category.
My first light bulb moment was all about taking creative steps (literally) to increase my activity.
The unexpected revelation is this:
my fitbit is contributing to daily prayer opportunities and peace of mind in my life.
As I am a professional minister in the Catholic Church, you might wonder about this–isn’t prayer and peace part of the job description?
Suffice it to say, yes and no [topic for another time and place…]
Back to the epiphany:
In an effort to be creative about movement opportunities, and, given that it is summertime, I allow myself the freedom to go from office to office on our campus via the outdoors. Once outdoors, the summer daylight, sweet breezes and azure skies seduce me into spending a bit more time going from point A to point B.
Being a good Catholic, I of course, would need to relish some guilt about this use of my time.
That is, until I realized [light bulb!] that this time spent breathing was also a gift of prayer time.
Not only am I adding about 500 steps to my day each time I engage this ritual, but I gain the unexpected yet greatly desired opportunity for dedicated conversation and listening with God.
I now refer to these little adventures as my prayer breaks.
Seems like a healthy and soulful practice and one I will continue to evolve as the weather morphs into winter.
And all because of a technology gadget!
How do you carve out a moment with the Divine? Feel free to share….