For Trick-or-Treat, the church I serve had a table in our driveway. We stuffed 400 bags for the kids coming through that evening and had more pounds of candy than I could count.
We ran out of everything in an hour and twenty minutes.
Of course, there were still more trick-or-treaters coming, even as we were breaking down the tables and turning off the light. When I told one little boy that we didn't have any more candy, he sat right down on the pavement and started to cry.
Was that little boy sad? Of course. But he was also overstimulated by all that night had entailed.
There are times I sit down and cry as well. Perhaps not physically, but certainly in my spirit, when I become overstimulated and overwhelmed. And that is something that I bring to Spiritual Direction. Those moments that I can't sort through on my own because I'm in the thick of it. I want someone to help me see with more grace and clarity what I can't in the moment.
What do you do when your spirit becomes overstimulated?
Michelle is a Spiritual Director and End of Life Doula. She is the founder of Abide in the Spirit.
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