Care For The Soul: Feelings
Today, Sean Phillipps speaks to us on Feelings, and how we need to ask God to dive into the recesses of our hearts just as David did in Psalm 139.
Search me, o god, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
He quotes from an article in the New York Times entitled There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing,
“At first, I didn’t recognize the symptoms that we all had in common. Friends mentioned that they were having trouble concentrating. Colleagues reported that even with vaccines on the horizon, they weren’t excited about 2021. A family member was staying up late to watch “National Treasure” again even though she knows the movie by heart. And instead of bouncing out of bed at 6 a.m., I was lying there until 7, playing Words with Friends.
It wasn’t burnout — we still had energy. It wasn’t depression — we didn’t feel hopeless. We just felt somewhat joyless and aimless. It turns out there’s a name for that: languishing.
Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It feels as if you’re muddling through your days, looking at your life through a foggy windshield. And it might be the dominant emotion of 2021.”
He also gives us 4 things that have helped him during this time:
- Identify what you are feeling
- Spend more time with god
- Find something new
- Take a lot of shorter breaks