Message from Curran

“The mysticism of everyday life is the deepest mysticism of all”- Jurgen Moltmann

Beloved Community,

These are difficult times to endure and difficult times to be separated from one another. Collectively we affirm that we are never separate from God and there are very tangible ways that engaging spiritual practice during these uncertain days can help to bring us into deeper communion with the Holy and with each other, even if we aren’t in the same room together.

One of the most important things we can do during this time of disorientation is to create a schedule of regularity for ourselves. Waking at the same time each day and going to bed at the same time each night with attention to getting enough sleep and proper nutrition is a significant regulator for the body, mind, and spirit.

Many of you may recall that several years back we engaged a book called, Seven Sacred Pauses; living mindfully through the hours of the day by Macrina Wiederkehr O.S.B., you may own a copy and this is an excellent opportunity to bring it down off the shelf. It is also available on Amazon new or used. Additionally, you can call on scripture or your favorite poetry, the key is to be intentional about slowing down for a few moments several times a day, lighting a candle, placing your feet flat on the ground and remembering to breath.

Marking the hours; a sacred tool

Beginning our mornings by grounding ourselves in the Sacred will help us to face whatever comes upon us during the day.

No one knows what makes the soul wake up so happy. Maybe a dawn breezes has blown the veil away from the face of God. ~Jelauddin Rumi

Pausing at noon to re-ground can remind us to stay present and centered even when the world around us continues to swirl.

As the day grows, I, too, grow attentive, free, patient, grateful, wise. ~Macrina Wiederkehr

As the sun begins to fade, pausing to mark the arrival of evening will help us to know that it is time to lay the burdens of the day down. No more news, no more worrying, time to rest.

I yearn to be held in the great hands of your heart-oh let them take me now. Into them I place these fragments, my life, and you, God-spend them however you want. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Music to Ground You

You can also access the free download of the CD that was created for moments such as these and is designed to offer music that you can listen to all at once for thirty minutes or a song or two at a time to help reground you.

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/curranreichert2

either/or

https://curranreichert.bandcamp.com/album/rest-songs-of-comfort-and-peace

or to hear a different version of the same music try

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/velmafrye

Other Ways of Connection

We plan to record some video invitations to “sacred pauses” over the next weeksand will post the links on the web and also send them out in the weekly e-blast. We are in the process of figuring out how to bring some form of church services to you on Sundays as things on campus are shut down for the foreseeable future. Your leadership team will keep you posted as the situation unfolds.

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes. ~Etty Hillesum

Blessings to you good people and do not hesitate to reach out if there is a way the church can be of support.

Curran


 


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