While I am grateful to my watch to remind me to ‘breathe’ at regular intervals throughout the day, I am also aware that the intention is to make the wearer relax and to be more mindful during the events of the day.
You are probably thinking “I am so busy that I wouldn’t even feel notification let alone take a few deep breaths (well maybe after chasing the ‘runner’!) however God also reminds us to do just that: “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10
What does this actually mean for us though? Well firstly it reminds us, that it is not all about us! We think we are in control and that if we run fast enough and ‘do’ enough then we can fix everything. The reality is we could ‘do’ all day and all night and it would never be enough.
Building time into our day to be still, to stop physically, mentally and emotionally, and to tap into the wisdom, peace, energy and love of God, is as important as breathing. Jesus modeled this during his ministry, taking himself away from the crowds and the endless needs of the people to be still with God. “He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone.” (Matthew 14:23)
Growing deep Capabilities: ‘Growing oneself’, describes the importance of building self-awareness. This is not something we focus on in an after-school workshop but something we need to tap into throughout the day, every day. However, if we are always on the move and reacting, it makes it very difficult to be aware of our own thoughts, feelings and impact, to control and manage our emotions, or to suspend judgement.
A core aspect of ‘awareness-based systems leadership’ are the awareness practices. We make time to be still and to listen in new and deeper ways, to be open to new perspectives and most importantly to allow space for God to speak into our situation.
So now when I see the ‘breathe’ icon on my watch, I am not just reminded to breathe but to ‘be still’ and allow God space and time as a priority.
Educational Leadership Director