December 9, 2018

Rough Ways

As we continue the Advent season, Jason Minnix reflects on the invitation to interior preparation to get ready for eventual peace and a return to who we really are [Luke 3:1-6].

Reflection

  • What would it look like to let go of who I think I am (unworthy, selfish, controlling, etc.) and reconnect with my deep self? (loved, compassionate, curious)
  • How can I relax into the flow of God loving me today?

Spiritual Practice

  1. Welcoming Practice.
    • Breath deeply
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    • Notice emotions, thoughts, body sensations & sink in.
    • Welcome anything you notice.
    • Let Go of having to manage any of it on your own.

    • Become aware that everything is being held and accepted.
  2. Listen within the spaces you feel lost and empty.
    • What is my wilderness now?  (It may be a change, good or bad, that you haven’t processed yet: someone you miss, or something you miss, maybe your body has changed. Name and acknowledge what’s hollow.)
    • Take a minute to feel what’s there.
    • And in this space of grief, listen, see what else is there.
  3. Receive transformation through curiosity and compassion.
    • What emotions arise as I consider this season?

    • Practice validating and having compassion for the presence of those emotions and thoughts.

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