Grounding Gratitude Amid Turbulent Storms

November 20, 2016

Napflix is the latest calming channel now streaming relaxing shows such as 2015 Cricket Matches, Koala Slow Life, or the 2016 Bocci Ball Tournament. Its humorist touch is in itself already a way of calming your mind. Watching three hours of ocean waves crashing on a tropical beach helps to detox a mind that has been absorbed by the suspenseful political season.

Whether it’s through Napflix, a walk in the forest, or a moment of breathing meditation, taking a break from the funnel effect of TV that is pulling us into the narrowing prospect of its narratives brings fresh air to our mind and our heart. Especially in a period when challenges come our way, it is important to deliberately change focus and widen our attention to the beauty of creation, the primal value of the privilege of existing, and acknowledging the blessings that come our way. Not that the wider perspective may solve all our problems, but losing touch with the beauty of the clouds, stars, or foliage, shrinks our daily life to a sense of immediacy and emergency that—while it may have some value and reason—pulls us away from multiple opportunities for joy, care, and gratitude.

Connecting with this wider sense of reality is exactly what helps us remain connected with who we are and what prevents the influences of the moment from shaping our values. This grounding wideness of gratitude resonates in one of the readings this Sunday (Colossians 1) when Paul prays: May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers.

May the wideness of God’s power and mercy strengthen us all to march onward, to fight the good fight, at times to step back and reconnect with our faith, with or without Napflix.

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