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Don’t you know, you are the church?

So, I’m going to rant a bit as Paul did in his letter to the Corinthians “Don’t you know!…” yes he said Don’t you know, “Don’t you know know your bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” The Spirit is in you! Yes, there, in y.o.u., the whole time, without question, received from God, need I go on?

I can almost hear Paul saying, “What about – your bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, do you not understand?” It may come as a shock for you but it does begin to help you understand how you will never be late for church again, ever! You will be eternally on time!

This Holy Spirit “inside us” thing is highlighted by Jesus in Luke 17 when he is asked by some religious folks, so where is this “Kingdom of God” you keep talking about? And he says, “you can look far and wide, you can go searching, out there… (but don’t be fooled – okay, he didn’t really say this but it’s fun to think he might have), the Kingdom of God is… within you.” In some translations, it says, in your midst. In Aramaic, it basically means right here, in you, and around you, right now!

So, the next time anyone tries to point you to a place of worship and they’re not pointing at you, or themselves, you might want to help them with their directions.

Love is here, why wait, stop seeking and be here now.

Namaste!

Stillness

Clarity breaks forth from silence.

Our excited and distracted lives slowed.

As the waves crash our voices rise to overcome,

Yet, when the tide goes out, a whisper can be heard from deep within.

Listen.

Does my heart beat? Is my stomach churning?

Let me find my way, without maps, words, signs…

In the middle of the dessert, deep in the woods, a prisoner of modernity, what is the difference?

Be still and know,

Truth is present through your simple silence,

Be still and know,

you are Worthy.

How is what you notice guiding you?

The other day I was talking to a friend about spiritual guidance and they asked about a situation some close friends were in and what did I think was going on in their situation?

I paused for a moment and then began explaining how spiritual guidance might best approach his question.

I told my friend that his noticing the situation and bringing it up in conversation with me was a sure sign of the Divine’s guidance within him. I shared that although we often put up barriers or misconstrue Love’s emergence, it is just such situations like the one he described that point to something deeper within him, something he might want to explore.

“Life is set up to bring up what has been bound up, so it can open up to be freed up, so you can show up for life.”
― Mary O’Malley

I like the directness of Mary’s quote. Whatever is arising for us is a pointer to something deep within. What is arising may be cloaked with whatever we see and project outward but with some attention placed on it for a few minutes we can often discover what it is that is emerging within.

If you’re having trouble accessing the deeper truth that may be emerging, there are a number of practices that can help. If you’re a head centered person, try a form of Lectio Divina, if a heart centered person, try a heart focused meditation and of you’re a body (gut) centered person, try a breathing practice where you move breath and awareness around your body.

Here for you as needed. – marv@souljrnys.com

Practice: In loving memory to who I used to be.

Recently I’ve had a number of conversations with people about transitions and the inner challenges that we face as we journey through various life changes. One common feature appears to be that as we go through transition, we leave part of ourselves or at least a concept of ourselves behind. Although we feel like we just need to “get over it” or “get on with it” in many cases it may be wise to pause and allow ourselves to address our loss. Here’s a practice you may want to try.
Practice: 
In loving memory to who I used to be is a practice to be utilized for someone in or through a transition. Any new stage of life can bring up great hopes and excitement but it can also bring up thoughts, emotions, memories, etc. from the past that may need some time and attention as we let go of what “used to be.” or “who we used to be.”  In some cases moving into a new chapter can bring inner grief for the loss of our previous self.  This practice can be done in one sitting or multiple sittings. Adjust the practice to your own needs.
  • Find a quiet place and time where you can be undisturbed for at least 15 minutes.
  • Have a pen/pencil and paper for writing (or utilize any technology that feels comfortable, phone, tablet, etc.)
  • Make yourself comfortable and close or lower your eyes taking 5-10 deep breaths to calm and center yourself. If you’ve been really active prior to this practice, you may wish to take 10-15 deep breaths.
  • Now think about who you were prior to the recent transition you’ve been through.
  • Imagine your current self as the observer of who you used to be.
  • Now take some time to outline or write out a memorial service (or memoriam) for your former self.
  • Think about certain memories that were important, songs, poems, scripture, quotes, you might want to share.
  • Think about what you (today) would want to share about your past self. You might include, joys, regrets, successes, milestones, sadnesses, things left undone, guidance/advice your past self would give others, guidance/advice your past self has for you today, etc. 
  • Be open to whatever surfaces within you. It will likely be quite a diverse picture of a whole life!
  • You may wish to write with your non-dominant hand as a way to tap into deeper feelings or thoughts.
  • You may wish to think about who you might share this with, even if you just keep it to yourself.
  • Once you feel like you’ve written all you’re able to for now, ask yourself if there’s more you’d like to write.
  • If yes, come back to this practice as often as you wish until you feel satisfied that you’ve written all you want to.
  • Once you feel you’re done writing, ask yourself what you might do (if anything) with this? 
  • Wait at least 48 hours to act on whatever you decide to do with it.
  • To close your time, take a few minutes to review what you wrote and pay attention to anything that especially stands out to you, a word, phrase, memory, emotion or image. 
  • Take that word, phrase, memory, emotion or image into a brief silent time – utilize a breath practice along with it if you want to.