Editor’s Note: Lilly Lewin is traveling still, and would like to introduce us to her friend and collaborator Archie Honrado!
This painting invites us to pause deeply and try to see beyond what is being shown.
I was about to write this article when I heard about the Supreme Court Draft Opinion on Roe v. Wade leaked to the press. My knee-jerk reaction to this news was determined by my politics and theology on abortion. Someone in me wants to say something different; I went to my prayer practice called Welcoming Prayer, but at first I was not aware that I was allowing my Welcoming Prayer practice to steer my reaction. I didn’t even realize this when I wrote the first draft of this article. This welcoming prayer helped me consciously to not go into my politics, my cultural constructs, or even in my theology. Instead, I could go to my heart on this divisive issue or any issues.
But, wait, our hearts are formed by our culture, politics, theology and other things of this world, right? Yes, we are the fruit of the world we live in, but even at our best self, this person, the old Adam, our false self, as Fr. Richard Rohr would say, is still just the best version of our false self. There is a mysterious heart in us. It constantly passes ephemerals and moves into the true center of our being, our true self – the beloved one of Christ.
This mysterious center (where our false and true self lives) is our heart, mind, and soul united in Christ. There is an inner mystic-self in all of us where a Philippians 4:8 way of seeing lives. This way of seeing is like a seed planted in us but unless cultivated and worked on, it will lie dormant.
To crack this dormant seed, we have to listen to our unconscious (the depths of the soul if you will) so our minds can be nudged to welcome what movement the conscious-self is going through and be open to give praise, and glory to Jesus.
To make my way to my unconscious, first, I have to stop by the door, stand on the ‘Welcome Mat’ to welcome my emotions and thoughts that exist in my consciousness and be indifferent (suspend my reaction) towards my impending judgment and my opinion on the issue at hand. This welcoming posture takes me into a thin place. This thin place is a bit different from a thin place where the presence of God can be felt so close, this thin place is a place of holy tension- imagine Jesus sorrowful in the Garden of Gethsemane. To be in this thin place, this liminal space is to practice kenosis, (dying to self, or Jesus saying: “not my will be done but yours”) and to be aware of the Presence of the Holy.
This process of discernment, indifference, and welcoming I mentioned are practices I’ve learned from Ignatian spirituality and the contemplative Welcoming Prayer teaching. Here’s a Welcoming Prayer practice to try: (condensed from Cynthia Borgeoult book: “Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening”, 2004, Cowley Publications)
Here’s the simple Welcoming Prayer process:
- Focus and Sink in
- Let Go
Let’s work on Roe v. Wade
Roe v. Wade issue:
- Focus on what upsets you about this issue, feel the sensation in your body, or your emotions. Do you feel angry, fearful, disappointed? Can you feel present to these emotions, how are your emotions manifesting – jaw clenched, stomach in knots, breath short?
Don’t try to change anything, just stay present without psychoanalyzing yourself, lest you risk repression.
- Welcome– Be ready for this seemingly counterintuitive instruction. Focusing on your emotion, you are now steeped in roiling emotion and yet, you begin saying: “Welcome anger” (or whatever the emotion is), by welcoming the emotion we create an atmosphere of inner hospitality. This is where awareness and surrender converge, at the center of your being where we are united with Christ. This is the space aligned with Christ and your centered self, where you can decide what you will do with your issue at hand and you will be doing it from consciousness, not reactivity. Remember what we are welcoming is not the issue itself but the feelings triggered by the issue.
- Let Go- Take your time on this step. Gently go back and forth to the Focus and Welcoming steps until you feel some tenderness arising, then you say a “letting go” for now on whatever emotion arose or what decision you made about the issue. Finally, Say Mary Mrozowski* prayer at the end of the third step:
I let go my desire for security and survival.
I let go my desire for esteem and affection.
I let go my desire for power and control.
I let go my desire to change the situation.
*Mary Mrozowski created the Welcoming Prayer found in Cynthia Borgeoult’s book “ Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening”
Evelyn Underhill, the great 20th-century English mystic introduced the idea of practical mysticism. Underhill’s insights and her prophetic voice reverberates today in our world. Evelyn Underhill lived between two horrific world wars that gave her the courage and stamina to walk the darkness of the soul believing that the way to see and to be human does not end in the dark.
This darkness we are now familiar with is light, like Underhill, we are facing the same walk in the dark and the same hope that invites our faith to be awakened. Why is practical mysticism needed today? There’s a deluge of self-help ways that carry the same proposition as the mystics offer, but the Self-help movement’s promise of finding one’s authentic true self comes up short. Today’s self-help way of seeing leads to a dark tunnel that appears to be a dead end. With self-help no matter how much we try to live our authentic true self, if we are unaware of this thin and dark place, the soul’s journey will be like a walk into a dark tunnel that appears to come to a dead end. Then, it may appear that I only existed in my false-self, and conceivably reaction to issues that arise at a given moment would be pure human instinct leaving the divine breath living-in-us out. Can you imagine what that would be like? And, yes, there is a way of seeing and being in such a thin, dark place where darkness is light, where darkness becomes Light.
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Archie Honrado is a spiritual director, prayer retreat guide serving urban youth workers and a certified substance abuse counselor. Archie was part of Youth Specialties Soul Shaper Board and Soul Care Team together with Lilly Lewin. Archie and Lilly for over a decade have collaborated and co-curated prayer sacred spaces for the National Youth Workers Convention. Archie lives in the Redwoods, the land of Yurok Indigenous people in Northern California with his beautiful wife and two young boys.
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Pause for the Day – find a pleasant focus in this downloadable set of prayer cards inviting you to pause and restore. This set of ten prayers include three morning, three evening and four general prayers for the day. Each prayer is paired with a photo to help you focus and enter into that still place where you can hear God’s voice. On the back of each card is a short reflection or activity to deepen the impact of the prayer. This is a downloadable pdf. You may also enjoy its companion set of Prayers for the Day – 11 more prayers by Christine Sine paired with beautiful imagery by Hilary Horn.
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Play. For kids it comes easily. But for adults it’s not something we do that often. When was the last time you played a game, acted in a skit or picked up some crayons?
It had been a long time since I had done any of these things—until I attended a contemplative retreat a few months ago. But that’s exactly what we did at the retreat. We played, we laughed, we relaxed—and something sacred happened.
Going into the retreat I thought it would be serious and sober, full of challenging readings and talks. I thought we would be studying spiritual classics—maybe excerpts from St. Augustine or St. Francis. I expected an intellectual exercise. Instead, the first night of the retreat, we were asked to bring blankets and a pillow to our meeting room. There, snuggled beneath our blankets, the facilitators offered a Psalm and some opening comments and then read children’s picture books. At first I was surprised and disappointed that we were reading these simple stories. What was this about? Slowly though, I began to relax into the rhythm of the words and I almost fell asleep. I shuffled off to my bunk room in a state of peace, feeling like I was five again.
The next day we gathered and read Psalm 104, a Psalm about God as creator. We listened to Fernando Ortega’s beautiful rendition of the song and then we were paired up, each given a section of the long Psalm to “act out” with hand motions and movement. It seems a bit contrived now describing this, but the activity felt freeing and creative. I wasn’t being asked to analyze anything, as we so often are in our culture, particularly church culture, but I was invited to experience it with my body. Then we were sent off for the afternoon to spend time alone in nature.
“I can’t believe it,” I told the facilitator I met with for a one-on-one spiritual direction session that afternoon. “I’ve left all my worries behind. I’m so relaxed.”
Later that day, waiting for the evening session, I spent some time at the art station the facilitators had set up. I used to love to draw as a child but seldom draw anymore. I picked up some pastels and sketched the beautiful view outside the window—a slice of Tomales Bay framed by brown hills. I thought of how another retreatant had told me he’d seen a shooting star the night before. I made a little star and smudged the pastel to make a streak. Someone in the adjoining chapel started to play music and sing. Slowly our group filled up the chapel and joined in.
A woman who writes about contemplative retreats says that the point is to attend to God. “We open ourselves to God’s grace and receive it with gratitude in whatever form it may appear,” says Jane Vennard. I didn’t have many profound thoughts about God during my retreat. I sensed a few nudges that may take time to sift through. Mostly, though, I did experience God’s grace in the gifts he gave me of both rest and play.
Coming home from the retreat I wondered how I could incorporate more “play” into my daily life. When my kids were little, this was easy. Days were filled with playdoh on the kitchen table, games of Candyland sprawled out on the family room floor and experiments to see which matchbox cars went down the hallway fastest. We had never-ending play. I realize now I really came alive during that play. Now I need to be intentional about play.
Here are some of the questions I asked myself:
How do I set up new patterns of play at home?
What are the boundaries between work and play?
How do I encourage more play in my family?
It’s been several months since the retreat now. I’ve realized that establishing new patterns of play is not easy. At home there is always laundry to be done, cars to be fixed or bills to pay. Our online worlds also seem to constantly demand our attention in both draining and life-giving ways. I’ve realized that becoming more playful is a discipline, just like establishing a meditation practice or exercising regularly.
I’ve had a few small successes. Several nights after dinner I’ve made the intention not to sit at my computer and instead invite my husband to play our favorite card game, Spite and Malice. There was a season when we played this a lot but then got distracted by more urgent matters.
Another day I decided to make something playful for dinner. I made a trip to the Cheeseboard and sampled several varieties. I bought a sharp Gruyère and creamy Swiss and headed home to wash out the old fondue pot I hadn’t used in years. That night my husband and son were excited to use it, though they both said next time they’d prefer to skip the cheese and indulge in a chocolate fondue instead.
One thing I’ve realized is that play is usually physical and creative. It’s a chance to get out of my cerebral thoughts and shuffle a deck of cards, throw a ball to the dog or glue some leaves together for a holiday decoration. Our world is so troubled and serious. We need tactile experiences that remind us of our humanity.
Play also focuses more on process than finished product, something a bit countercultural these days. Sure you want to win a game or create a nice drawing, but the main point is letting go and enjoying the sensations of the moment. Every creative writing or art teacher knows it can be stifling to focus on product over process. The process is its own reward—the product, if pleasing, is a nice side benefit.
I’m now in the midst of planning a contemplative retreat for others. It’s the first time I’ve done such a thing. I feel an expectation to deliver profound, complex words. Perhaps there’s nothing wrong with that. But I also have to remember to include times of play. I want my retreatants to experience that sort of buoyancy that comes when we release our thoughts for a time and relax into the moment. God does something to restore us and give us hope in those moments. And we all need more hope.
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What a glorious way to greet the morning! To be greeted by the rising of the sun that ultimately rises because of the Son. I have a friend who loves to put a twist on this greeting by saying ‘God Morning,’ in response to ‘good morning.’ And how appropriate that is because without God there would be no sun or sunrise to begin the day.
The second wonder of a new day’s beginning is the singing of the birds. At sunrise, it is a chorus of birds – God’s natural choir causing one’s heart to be lifted in praise for a brand new beginning to another day. My favorite Scripture is Psalm 19:1-9 which reflects on the wonder of creation.
Psalm 19:1-9 (The Message)
1-2 God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening.
3-4 Their words aren’t heard, their voices aren’t recorded,
But their silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.
4-5 God makes a huge dome for the sun—a superdome!
The morning sun’s a new husband leaping from his honeymoon bed,
The day-breaking sun an athlete racing to the tape.
6 That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies from sunrise to sunset,
Melting ice, scorching deserts, warming hearts to faith.
7-9 The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together.
The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road.
The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy.
The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes.
God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee.
The decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree.
Today much of our world is struggling to find their way through time. For some it may be a struggle because of health issues. For others, it may be restrictions because of political or religious unrest. For others, it may be drastic changes in employment, housing, food availability, shortages or limited water supply as well as clean water availability. There is struggle because so many in the world today desire to be in control with little regard for others. Over the last couple of months, we have talked about all the things that are or have become like ashes in our lives as well as things that maybe we should let become ashes in our lives. Yet it is also important that we realize that new life can be made from as well as out of ashes.
As I take time to read the above verses from time to time it is the last three verses that are of particular challenge to me and I might say that they are also a comfort to me.
It is God’s revelation that is whole, perfect and complete. In our Scriptures we see that it is He who is the Creator and designer of this great universe as well as this planet earth that we as humans call home during our physical lifetime. God attempts to help each of us during our lifetime to embrace Him and live our lives in harmony with others as well as creation. Second it tells us that He has signposts that show us how to live. For some that may be more of a challenge than others however I believe the Psalmist is referring to those who are God-fearing believers and many of those signs of help come as we become familiar with the whole of Scriptures. As I read the next phrase I pondered – ‘what is a life map?’ Once again when we choose to follow God and also read His Scriptures, we find references throughout the Old and New Testaments that help us make good choices and give us guidance in our lives. It says these life maps bring joy into our lives. I would add that one can and does find joy as well as peace when making godly choices in life. The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes. Again, I find that God makes things pretty obvious most of the time; there may be a time or two when one has to look a little harder but that may be because we have gotten sidetracked in some way or other in our walk with Him. As these verses end it says that there is a lifetime guarantee for each one of us who chooses to embrace this walk with God. A life time guarantee? Yes, and that brings me to another Scripture that Jesus shared with His followers when He was still here on earth from John 14:1-7:
“Don’t let this rattle you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking.”
5 Thomas said, “Master, we have no idea where you’re going. How do you expect us to know the road?”
6-7 Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.”
Yes, this is a great truth and a great promise to embrace, especially in times of troublesome issues, whether in our personal lives, or in our communities, or in the world. ‘Don’t get rattled’ or don’t get stressed out – so easy to say or even think or but to try to believe for oneself? Making it a personal practice can become one of the greatest challenges in one’s daily life.
As I have considered these Scriptures once again – and as I take regular walks and hikes it seems to me that there was a great reason behind God’s plan of creating a garden as He did in the beginning for humanity. God knew that it would be in nature we would be able to see His glory on display as well as embrace His presence through the senses that He gave us. I invite you to join me on a daily walk in my life.
TODAY I WALKED WITH GOD
Good morning my alarm says to me –
Another day is here for you to greet –
I rise from my bed of rest –
And I prepare myself for a walk –
Sasha, our shepherd is always up for a walk upon rising.
Depending upon what time of the year the sights and sounds vary –
It is springtime for us now so
The sun is beginning to rise to give light to the day,
Sometimes the sunrise is filled with a myriad of colors,
Sometimes it is a ball of fire and other times it just gives light to the morn.
There is the beauty of many kinds of trees with many kinds of leaves,
They grace life with shapes, sizes and places for little homes,
Little homes for a variety of birds to nestle as well as raise their little ones,
And oh, how those birds begin to chirp in a great chorus as the sun rises.
Different trees seem to be home to different songs –
There are sparrows, chickadees, doves, pigeons, small black birds, as well as a family of hawks,
Some are already on the hunt for morning morsels while others are merely awaking.
Then later in the day there are a couple more walks along this familiar path,
There may be children sighted playing on the playground,
Adults doing some gardening, and others just enjoying the moment –
There may be clouds in the sky, sometimes a sprinkle of rain or two….
And if one is really fortunate one of God’s beautiful rainbows arched in the skies.
As I walk through the beauty God gifts on this earth,
My heart is turned heavenward in gratefulness –
I give thanks for eyes to behold such incredible beauty,
I give thanks for ears that embrace the sounds delicate and sometimes rather boisterous,
I give thanks for my nose which blesses me with odors, some delightful and others not so much,
I give thanks for my hands that hold my dog’s leash to keep her safe,
I also give great thanks for my legs and my feet that hold me up and walk me several miles each day,
I give thanks to God for allowing me the gift of getting to know Him so intimately over my lifetime –
I now invite you to take some time in your day, or days
To embrace the wonderful creation around you with praise to God –
It will help one embrace life as it has been, as it is and as it will become
When God is one’s focus on the walk through each day of life.
Amen and amen.
We all need the Wholeness of God…this resource includes reflections and activities for coping and thriving during the COVID-19 challenges in search of shalom as well as hope for restoration during and after this period of social distancing.
A couple of weeks ago I asked my Southern Hemisphere friends what symbols and rhythms gave meaning to the seasons of the liturgical year for them. I thoroughly enjoyed their responses which helped me reimagine the symbols and celebrations I find most meaningful as the world turns and the seasons change.
Evidently when Europeans moved to the Southern Hemisphere they took the symbols and celebrations they were familiar with along because these gave them security and connection. Winter symbols and rituals for Christmas made them feel at home when they celebrated Christmas in the middle of summer. Yet these symbols and the rituals they were encouraged to use didn’t help them connect to their new earthly home and its seasons. This disconnect meant that their faith became more and more disconnected from the world in which they lived.
I may not live in the Southern Hemisphere now but I wonder if we suffer from the same disconnect wherever we live. It’s probable that Advent wreaths originate from the custom of removing wagon wheels over the winter – hanging them on the walls and then decorating them with greenery and candles. Now I don’t know about you but I don’t remove my car wheels over the winter and much as I love poinsettias at Christmas and have no desire to let go of them, I know they don’t help me connect to the beautiful Pacific NW where I live. I must confess, as I share in my recent book Digging Deeper, I soon became bored with Advent wreaths too, and went looking for other symbols and practices to help connect me to where I live. I have done the same for Easter, and for other celebrations that are important to me.
This journey started with replacing Advent wreaths with contemplative gardens. These gardens first held succulents, but increasing contain local plants and involve seasonal activities, like sprinkling seeds on the soil and watching it germinate and grow at Easter. They also often connect to world events like the bushfires in Australia or the war in Ukraine as well as to seasonal activities like beachcombing in summer.
Now I am wondering how I can make more of my seasonal celebrations link me to the world in which I live. One of the privileges of living in the Pacific NW is that so much of our Christmas greenery is locally grown. I love walking through a Christmas tree lot at the beginning of the season inhaling the wonderful fragrance of pine leaves One year I even got to go out to a Christmas tree farm and help cut down our own tree – a wonderful way to connect to this part of God’s good earth in which I live.
However I don’t want Christmas and Easter to be my only meaningful celebrations. My awe and wonder walks definitely help me with connecting my seasonal rituals to the land too. I love to wander our neighbourhood drinking in the beauty of the gardens around me. Unfortunately, most of them contain little local flora apart from pine trees, so I need the occasional good walk in one of our local forests to really appreciate the beauty of this part of the world.
Looking for sights and sounds and objects that connect me to the four seasons of the year is now one of my favourite pastimes and my list of possible ways to link my spiritual practices more firmly to God’s good earth grows all the time. Welcoming the day with a short prayer at sunrise and saying goodnight with another as I go to bed is one way. Collecting pine cones and leaves that fall from the deciduous trees and then decorating them to place around the house in the autumn is another . Some of my friends are foragers – searching for mushrooms or picking local fruit like huckleberries provide wonderful seasonal forays into the natural landscape that help to make us feel at home in the land in which we live. Or like me you might enjoy beach combing in the summer. Listening to the waves and enjoying an oceanside stroll is a wonderful summer ritual. I am also currently investigating how I can introduce more local plants into my own garden as I think this is an important way to anchor ourselves in the place in which we live and its seasonal changes.
We are designed to be linked with the earth, to nurture and steward it and there is no better way to do that than by connecting our celebrations to rituals and rhythms in our natural neighbourhood. This doesn’t mean that we throw out all our established seasonal traditions, but it does mean we should intentionally think about other symbols and rhythms that could connect us to God’s good earth and the seasonal changes in the place where we live.
It is an exciting journey of discovery and I hope you will join me on it.
What are habits and rhythms that help you connect your faith to the place in which you live and to the seasons in which you find yourself?
What could you do to strengthen these habits or create new ones?
Who could help you on your journey?
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A contemplative service with music in the spirit of Taize. Carrie Grace Littauer, prayer leader, with music by Kester Limner and Andy Myers.
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by Melissa Taft
Tomorrow heralds Mother’s Day in the US; it’s not too late to find a way to honor your mother or another mother in your life! The second Sunday in May is a popular time around the world to hold a celebration honoring mothers, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and many others – though it is certainly celebrated at other times in other countries. You’ve still got time, France!
You can find resources on Mother’s Day in our Seasons and Blessings Page, but I thought I’d offer a gathering of resources today for those who are still looking for encouragement or perhaps a prayer.
As we are still in the Easter Season, finding a way to honor a special mother in your life is a way to practice resurrection. Living into that joy and channeling it into celebrating your mother or another special mother is a fun spiritual practice. Whether you are planning a service for mothers or seeking to honor a mother individually, you might enjoy using this Mother’s Day Litany.
Perhaps you are a mother. Indeed, all of us are called in some way or another to mother, as we reflect the Image of God. You may wish to honor that mothering part of yourself by honoring God our Mother. Or you may wish simply to honor God in this way. This post on Maternal Images of God, as well as this post on Biblical Maternal Images of God, contains lovely reflections and images to center this idea.
In fact, if you find Mother’s Day difficult due to wounds in that area, it can be very healing to connect to God in this way. This Meditation Monday post on Connecting to the Mother Heart of God has a lovely prayer and meditation on this subject. There are many reasons why one might find Mother’s Day difficult, from child loss or infertility or adoption wounds to the loss of your mother, or many other circumstances. This reflection from Lynn Baab on difficulties surrounding Mother’s Day might be balm for your soul. This post on honoring birth mothers, and this post on mothering children with special needs, may also give encouragement to you – even if that isn’t your circumstance.
Motherhood isn’t easy; take time to reflect and care for yourself as well as a mother. This lovely poem from Kara Root and this reflection by Sara Easterly I found particularly meaningful for my own motherhood journey this year. My first Mother’s Day away from both my mom and my children, and I confess it has been a blessing to reflect even in the midst of sorrow at the separation.
Still there is joy to be found, even in my less-than-ideal circumstance, and even in yours. May God bless all the mothers on this Mother’s Day!
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