New Normal By Sandy Rothschiller Posted November 15, 2021 In Featured, Pastor Sandy's Blog New Normal2021-11-152021-11-15https://popmn.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/pop-logo_horizontal_color-e1473696608865.pngPrince of Peace Lutheran Churchhttps://popmn.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/autumn-winter-maple-leaves-snow-background-sq.jpg200px200px 0 by Pastor Sandy Rothschiller I feel as though I have entered the “new” post covid normal. Yet as I write this the covid numbers in Minnesota continue to reach new highs. However, there is no longer a sheltering in place for our community. Therefore, I find myself exploring new ways to “live” into this “new normal.” For some reason this new way of living has reintroduced chaos in my life. I was really hoping that the slower and relaxed pace of sheltering in place would last, but it hasn’t. I have added new ways of dealing with those time when I feel the chaos seems knocking at my door. Breathe – I stop what I am doing and take 3 deep breaths, deep belly breaths. This always calms me and helps me to get a new perspective. Gratitude – even though I may feel overwhelmed at the moment, I take a few moments to be thankful for what I do have, even in chaos I am grateful for things in my life. Meditation – this has been the most challenging for me. I start with just 5 minutes. I let go of my thoughts. When they come creeping back I envision placing them on a ship that sails away. That ship can return or it can go to a place far away, forever. It doesn’t matter, what matters is that I can let it go so I can get back to a quiet mind. If I want to revisit it after my meditation time, I will know right where to find it! Pastor Sandy Rothschiller is the Pastor of Spiritual Care at Prince of Peace. Sandy Rothschiller Recent PostsReal LifePeaceOur biggest Secret…Doubt!Manifesto [of Gratitude] Leave a Comment Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.