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Sunday, January 27, 2013

January 27th Challenge: Seize the Sabbath

After all that adventure, time to take it down a notch or two and make sure we've rested, restored, reflected and revived our hearts and minds for the coming week.

Sunday's a good day to take note of what was good in you and for you in the past week.  Give gratitude where you can, make peace where you need to.

Today's challenge is inspired by an article in this month's Spirituality and Health Magazine, by the wise and wide-open Anne Lamott.  Her recent book covers her basic forms of prayer in its title:  "Help, Thanks, Wow".  It is short and sweet, in the best way.  She tells us, "Prayer is talking to something or anything with which we seek union, even if we are bitter or insane or broken.  (In fact, these are probably the best possible conditions under which to pray.  Prayer is taking a chance against all odds and past history:  we are loved and chosen, and do not have to get it together before we show up". 

Today's challenge is to spend some time in prayer.   Show up for your Self, for God, for Source or Earth-- whatever you may see out there that is bigger and less broken, that is unifying and with an arc that began long before your own and ends after, and look for a place of peace within the intersection of those arcs.  I can't tell you what your prayer will look, sound, feel like---  maybe it will be wordless, maybe it will be service, or maybe it will translate into art or music or just sitting still for a time, with as much love and intention as you can muster.

I hope, if you're comfortable, you'll share some of what happens here.



Claribel said...

Thanks for sharing this challenge, to brighten the dark month! And thanks for sharing music by Blind Willie... a Beaumont native. That is the reallll blues.

Jana Svoboda, LCSW said...

That Beaumont sure was a rich musical nursery: country, blues and rock and roll.