As you might discern from the above illustration, Sharon Seyfarth Garner isn't just a spiritual director and author, she's a workshop presenter at the SDI Conference Seeking Connection - Across Generations, to be held in Bellevue, Washington, USA March 14-17, 2019. Not surprisingly, she'll be doing a workshop on prayer mandalas. We're grateful she took time to write this piece for us on one of her favorite spiritual practices.
Our dog, Bear, loves to go on walks. He’s no longer a puppy, so he is usually pretty mellow as we stroll quietly around the block together. That is, of course, unless we see a … “Squirrel!” Then, all focus is gone and our normally calm Bear is completely distracted and off to the races.
My prayer life is full of these “squirrel” moments. I calmly settle into prayer with all the best intentions. However before I know it, distractions take over and my mind is off to the races. Time to be still with God is quickly overrun by “squirrels” that turn my distracted mind toward the grocery list, family calendar, or work deadlines rather than staying focused on God.