Beginning As A Spiritual Practice

We are finishing this week, the last full week of this month, by continuing to reflect upon what it means to give.

(I have had many thoughtful comments to my posts this month. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. 💐)

In my first post of this new year, I reflected a little on the anxiety that most adults experience in being beginners at almost anything. There is a fragility in the feeling of being a beginner. Further, to reflect upon becoming aware of where we are called in this moment to give, is challenging. I get that, it is for me as well.

So, how do we practice listening to where we are being called and what gives us the possibility of giving even when we are afraid? I am choosing to not answer the question with my point of view, rather inviting you to reflect upon the questions yourself. However, should you wish to explore this topic more fully, I am going to suggest one Practice.

  1. The practice requires a timer, a piece of paper, a pen or pencil and a candle. Choose a time and place where you are unlikely to be disturbed, light a candle, set the timer for twenty minutes.
  2. Then pick up your pen and respond to the following question. If, in this moment, I had all the resources I could possibly need, what would I give? Try not to think, rather respond by writing down whatever comes to mind. At the end of the twenty minutes, stop writing. When you are ready, blow out the candle.

Are there any of your responses that surprised you? Are there any responses that challenged you? Give thanks for the items in your list. Perhaps at this time, or later, you may wish to reflect upon your list by writing in your journal

In the days and weeks ahead, You may begin to see that what you are desiring to give, becomes an opportunity to give, in ways that you might not now imagine.



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