As we continue our series this week on finding a balance in life during the holidays, we turn our attention to what’s called ‘inward disciplines.’
Pastor Barry J. Keurulainen, Senior Pastor of St. Luke Lutheran Church and School in Cabot, explained that both outward and inward disciplines are needed to find a true balance in life.
When we talked about inward, he said two key points were finding solitude and silence. “Solitude is when we pull away alone, but there can be noise. Silence is silence…you turn off the TV. You turn off the computer. You unplug,” Pastor Keurulainen says.
Many people can’t imagine finding the time during the holiday season for silence or solitude, so I asked him ‘How does one start?’ He replied, “It takes time. I would suggest that you try silence for no more than five minutes. Build up to it like you do with weights.”
Pastor Keurulainen admits that this kind of self-training is not easy. He reminded us that discipline, in this sense, is the act of practicing something in order to achieve new goals that you were reaching before.
More of our discussion about ‘inward disciplines’ in tomorrow’s story.
You can find St. Luke Lutheran, Cabot online at www.stlukecabot.org.
Written By: Tracey Morgan for the Butler Radio Network