Practical Tips for Keeping a Rhythm with Chronic Pain
By Latoya Clark
We all know that Jesus was a brilliant teacher and leader, and the way He lived His life was inspirational. He was one of the most influential figures in history and His teachings still resonate today. What they often overlook is the way Jesus managed His own pace. He had a unique rhythm that was all His own, and it’s one that we can learn from and perhaps apply to our own lives.
Jesus lived his life to the fullest, but He also remained consistent with His approach. He didn’t speed things up if there was something He wanted to accomplish and He didn’t slow down either if He wasn’t feeling up to it. Instead, He maintained a consistent rhythm that was comfortable for Him and His situation. Whether it was meeting with people, healing the sick, or praying, Jesus could stay on track and not lose focus.
He set his life to a rhythm of morning prayers and readings, followed by time spent with those seeking Him out, and then a break or two to rest or take a stroll in the garden. He also took away an hour from His day to spend time in complete loneliness, so He could be present in the moment and connect with God personally. He never took on more than He could handle, and He always took care of His physical and mental health first.
As we look at our lives today, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of modern life. We often feel a need to do more, be more, and achieve more, no matter the cost. But Jesus’ rhythmic pace can serve as a reminder to slow down and focus on the present moment. To let go of any unrealistic expectations and embrace the joy of simply being in the moment.
Jesus’ rhythmic pace is something we can still adopt today if we will take the time. We can take intentional moments to rest and be alone, to read scripture and pray, or to observe the beauty of the world in silence.
We can often fill Our lives at this point with pain and chaos. Anxiety, fear, depression, and despair sometimes can take over in a way that makes everything feel overwhelming. There is a simple, yet powerful strategy that can bring some gentleness back to our lives, and it’s called “Jesus’ Pace.”
What is Jesus’ Pace? Well, Jesus was a man of consistency when He lived on Earth. He performed His mission on this earth by living with a quiet, rhythmic pace. He kept a constant schedule, moving through His day and week while still maintaining time to rest, restore and be still. His pace was measured and well-ordered, even amid chaos.
To adopt Jesus’ Pace in your life is to be gentler with yourself, practice self-care, and find a rhythm that works for you. It’s about setting realistic expectations for yourself, creating a routine that both supports and nurtures you and allowing yourself the grace to take restorative breaks throughout your day and week.
Rhythmic breathing can help to follow in maintaining a calming and relaxed body and mind. While it is often associated with yoga and meditation practices, you can use rhythmic breathing to help you stay in a relaxed state and stay in tune with your body.
It is especially important to follow a calming pace if you are living with chronic pain. The unpredictable nature of chronic pain can be daunting and make it difficult to do anything. Jesus’ Pace can help you stay in tune with your body and keep going despite the pain. Adopting Jesus’ Pace can help bring some order and stability to your life, allowing you to focus on what matters and to stay on track with your goals.
Life can be hard. But we don’t have to let it overwhelm us and make us feel like we are never enough. Jesus’ Pace can help us lead more balanced and peaceful lives, even during chaos and pain. So take a deep breath in and remember: Jesus’ Pace