A recipe for inner peace

My contribution to BBC Radio Humberside’s Breakfast programme on Tuesday 24/06/08

Good morning, a little while ago I was asked contribute to a cookbook for a healthy life.  Being asked for a recipe is not an unusual experience as any number of organisations will bring together a ‘celebrity’ recipe book as a means of raising funds.  So when parishes, PTAs or local societies make such a request I have a number of recipes to offer them.  This, however, was the first time that I had been asked for something healthy and as I looked through my list of favourite recipes, I realised that double cream and saturated fat featured in every single one of them.

So it was back to the drawing board. Casting around for some ideas, I remembered that there is far more to being healthy than gathering the right ingredients for a dish.  So much of life appears to be in a rush, sweeping us up into a maelstrom of activity – children to collect; deadlines to meet; so much to do; expectations to live-up-to.  Alongside the rush, and perhaps a consequence of it, there is so much conflict in our world, not just on a global/political scale, but also more locally within the politics of community, work and, at times, even in our homes.  It is small wonder that we can become exhausted.  So, I came up with a recipe for the sort of inner peace which can nourish us during the rush and bustle of the day and which may help us avoid becoming part of the conflict.  So on this Tuesday morning I thought I would share that recipe with you and if you can’t take a note of it now you can find it on my blog http://www.BishopDavid.co.uk along with the rest of my contributions this week.

The Ingredients you need are as follows,

A large worldview

A generous understanding of others

A sense of proportion

5 minutes of quality time

A measure of humility

A dash of humour

A seasoning of prayer

Method

Find a quiet corner and take all the hassles, expectations and dilemmas which demand our time and attention, and set them against all the troubles, sorrows and joys in the world.  Think of all the people we find difficult and see them not as opponents or competitors, but as fellow pilgrims in this life and full of the same vulnerabilities as we are. Think of the really challenging things in our lives and balance them with the good things and the blessing which we fail to count.   Allow all this to settle for five minutes and accept that we may be part of the problems we encounter, smile at the nonsense to which we contribute and thank God that we can laugh at ourselves. After five minutes, rejoin the rush.

I find that this recipe gets better if made every day.

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