any spiritual practice
is to keep us engaged
and in dialogue with the Divine,
wherever we perceive it, and
however we have learned
to speak and listen.”
One of my biggest problems in writing on lined pages or at the computer is the way my inner editor wants to revise & refine my message while I’m creating it … interrupting the flow of creative ideas onto the page. What I’ve learned to do over time, is turn the page slightly when I sense such an interruption arising in order to stay with whatever message wants to come through … word by word, following the ‘writing rules’ (shared in a previous post) as a disciplined practice … allowing words to appear on the page one by one … trusting it’s exactly what I need in the moment. I’ve begun to share these ‘labyrinth style writing pieces’ together with audio recordings of me reading them, but I sense it’s not the message that matters nearly as much as the model they provide … the invitation inherent within so that those who visit might begin to experiment (in your own unique ways) to find a way to connect in silent anticipation with the ‘Divine’ within yourself. The world needs us to be still, awaken, and listen within to remember who we are and why we’re here on earth at this moment in time then act accordingly … forcing nothing and holding nothing back.
Yesterday I listened to Susan Piver and Jen Louden interviewing one another on Vimeo about their current work in the world. I’m engaged with both projects, and was fascinated to listen in on this authentic conversation because it illustrates that my own on-going ‘self-talk’ and life challenges are ‘normal’ … as in experienced by others. What a relief! Perhaps you’ll want to watch it too? I’d love to learn about your reactions.
Jen’s Savor and Serve the World experiment resonates with my own efforts to share authentically at Giraffe Journal and what I’m trying to create here at Labyrinth Journal too. Susan’s Open Heart Project of ‘online meditation and more’ nourishes my spirit and offers me language with which to explain how writing the labyrinth became a meditative process for me and might work for others as well.
Christina Baldwin shares what she calls ‘A Spiritual Practice for Times Like These’ in the Seven Whispers that includes the following:
- “Maintain peace of mind
- Move at the pace of guidance
- Practice certainty of purpose
- Surrender to surprise
- Ask for what you need and offer what you can
- Love the folks in front of you
- Return to the world”
I’ve developed my own practice which aligns with hers and I’m interested to know what you do in yours. Perhaps you’ll spend some time free writing, then let me know in comments below or email. I’d love to learn from you as I share my own journey.
If you’d like help getting started, click here for ‘a suggested practice’ at the end of the previous post for suggestions.