Rewind the Day

Published on 24 Jan 2020
A gate with evening sunlight shining through
Rewind the Day

Take a moment of quiet and reflection. Spend a full minute (or more if you like) simply breathing and focusing on your breath. Notice the breath go in and go out. Feel your body rise with the in-breath and fall with the out-breath. Really notice this. Perhaps you feel your clothes shift a bit as your body moves. If so, really feel this. Notice the coldness of the air as it goes in. And then the warmth as it goes out. Immerse yourself in this experience of breathing for a minute before you read on.

Quietly retrace your day in your mind’s eye. Begin with the moment you awoke this morning, right to this very moment. See the events and the people you came across today. Remember the emotions you felt.

Perhaps tune in to the pressure points of the day—those moments of stress or worry or anger or disappointment. Spend a moment with them. Try to see the learning that came here, too. If you’re a praying person, you could ask God to be with you in these pressure-point moments.

Now tune in to the moments of happiness, solution, resolution, joy, mercy, love. Spend a few moments reliving these moments. Don’t let yourself off the hook by telling yourself there were none of these moments. Maybe they were few and far between, and maybe they were short, but they happened today sometime. Stretch yourself. Savor them. If you’re a praying person, you could thank God for these life-giving moments.

Return to your breath again. Feel it go in and go out. As you settle on your breath, I invite you to say a short prayer.

Reflection Questions

  • Do you notice anything significant about your day as you look over it? What is it?
  • Which difficult moments does this pause of reflection help you understand?
  • Do you have any clarity about what you might do tomorrow? If so, what is it?

Excerpt from Finding God in the Mess by Brendan McManus, SJ, and Jim Deeds, published by Loyola Press

About Brendan McManus

Brendan McManus, SJ, is an avid hiker whose love of pilgrimage emerged during his Jesuit training when he and a companion begged their way across northern Spain. In 2011 he walked the Camino de Santiago in memory of his brother who died by suicide. He currently works in spirituality in Belfast.

About Jim Deeds

Jim Deeds is a husband and father from the wonderful and wounded city of Belfast, Ireland. He works as an author, poet, retreat giver, and pastoral worker across Ireland and beyond. He enjoys playing music and walking the streets and hills in his native city, drawing much of the inspiration for his writing from his life experience and finding God in the sounds and sights, people and events around him. Jim is passionate about creating sacred space where people can pray, relax and come to know the great love God has for all God’s creations.

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