I was meeting with my spiritual director lately and I said something akin to this: I know that something needs to change, I'm just not sure what that looks like.
Have you ever been there? Been at that place where you are sensing the Spirit inviting you into a season of change, but you can't quite wrap your head and heart around what it looks like?
Or maybe you can fully see what the change looks like, you just aren't sure about taking that first step.
It's times like this that I am so thankful for spiritual direction. That I don't need to keep all of that bottled up inside of myself, but instead, I can sit with someone else as we listen together. It doesn't mean that I walk away with all of the questions answered, but more often than not, I walk away with a peace about what is to come next on the path to change.
This past weekend I read two different books about the same topic - rest.
Both authors commented on our inaccurate understanding of rest in American culture - that you need to work to earn rest in order to rest to work some more. As soon as I read that, I found myself deeply identifying where I am in that cycle.
I wonder what rest looks like in your life? Do you rest in order to work or do you truly delight in rest? Do you grab for whatever little bit of rest you can have in order to hold off exhaustion at bay or do you see and respond to the root of that exhaustion in the first place?
We all need people in our lives who remind us to rest. So take this as your gentle reminder from me today - rest, my friends. Rest in a way that brings you life and life abundant.
Are you someone who would describe yourself as a 'thinker'? And not just a 'thinker' but one who thinks back on times and experiences?
I am certainly that type of person. I am someone who can get lost in dreaming both about the past and the future. But when I think about the past, it's not to dwell on what I wish I could change. No, it's to acknowledge what has happened and how it has shaped me.
If you had to think back on key moments in your life, knowing what you know now, how do you see them shaping you? How are you different because of them, but also, how are you uniquely you because of them?
Let us look back with respect - not to change the past, but to see how it has made us who we are today.
Michelle is a Spiritual Director and End of Life Doula. She is the founder of Abide in the Spirit.
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