When our children were young, one child in particular frequently became overstimulated at places like the mall. The experience was overwhelming with so many things to see, hear, taste and smell.

I become overstimulated even as an adult. I’ve been working hard at focusing, especially when practicing the organ. If my mind wanders I might insert the wrong registration, inviting the organ to produce unintended sounds. This is especially embarrassing during worship. Being mindful of each note helps me concentrate so the music can support worshippers in glorifying God.

When I pray or listen to scripture I usually close my eyes. Blocking out sight helps to avoid visual distractions so I can more clearly focus on listening to God. Discovering and practicing centering prayer has given me a sense of peace that lives with me wherever I am. This peace is God.

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