For the past two weeks, I have been part of a practicum for the Center of Courage and Renewal ( https://couragerenewal.org/). What I appreciated about this particular practicum was its intention on focusing on each participant - what do the lessons mean for you? How can you live in this holistic way in a world that wants to chip away at us piece by piece?
One of the things most pertinent to me was the role of silence in my life. I am an introvert that has a lot of words coming at me each day. And if I'm honest, sometimes in chaotic settings. I know that in order for me to truly listen to people that I need space for silence. Yet, I don't make that part of my day.
Why? Because I get so caught up in doing that I forget the posture of being that I require to be fully me.
Maybe silence isn't what you need. Maybe it's something else completely. But what do you need in order to show up fully as yourself in this world? And how can we champion each other in this holy work?
Have you ever been in a place where you've felt in a rut in your spiritual life? Like you are doing the right things, going through the motions, but it just isn't connecting with you the same way as before?
It may be time to shake it up a bit.
To try a new spiritual practice. Or to go back to a spiritual practice that you've set aside in the past.
In my own life - I've went through seasons with spiritual practices. But when I notice that things feel bit off, I know that it may be time to think about incorporating new practices.
What spiritual practices do you feel led to try for this season of your life?
I recently had to travel for work and while in the airport, I caught a glimpse of joy. A small toddler was taken out of her carrier and allowed to stretch her legs. As she ran through a crowd that I was a part of, under the watchful eye of her dad, the entire crowd parted so she could get to her mom.
Toddling along - legs moving as fast as she could - she only had eyes for her mom, giggling as she rushed towards her.
This scene is still with me weeks later. That an entire crowd of adults would split open to make room for a running, laughing toddler is such a beautiful image. And it lead me to wonder where in my life am I making room for joy? Where am I going out of my way to part the seas of all of the expectations in order to make room for joy to run?
Where are you sensing and responding to joy in your life, these days?
Michelle is a Spiritual Director and End of Life Doula. She is the founder of Abide in the Spirit.
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