Congratulations, you’ve made a commitment to growth and engaged in a process to help you achieve a stronger personal and spiritual life.
This week we will take a look at “Sacred Listening.” Much of what you gain from reading the post or putting parts of this process into practice is only partial compared to the growth you would experience if you worked with a Spiritual Life Coach or a Christian Life Coach. An individualized process is superior to reading a blog. Yet, this gives you a taste of what can be accomplished.
This week affirm the following: “I will fulfill the commitment to myself and others to grow every day spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.” Read it out loud several times, breathe deeply as you relax and reflect on the commitments of your day. Start early and focus.
• Commit to follow-through.
• Commit to taking one action step every day.
Select one area of your life that needs action immediately. Be kind to yourself but be challenged. Listen for the Spirit’s guidance and direction as you consider this passage:
“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.” Proverbs 19:20
What are some approaches that might help your meditative attitude and spiritual growth over the next weeks? What will promote what I call, “Sacred Listening?”
• Set aside time to meditate on the Word for 15 minutes.
• Lay on the grass and look at the clouds pass or the breeze move the leaves on the tree.
• Spend time praying for peace in your life, in your community, and in the world.
• Paint, draw, or doodle for 10 or 15 minutes.
• Read or write some poetry, music, or artistic prose.
• Take a walk in on a wooded path
• Spend a 30 minutes to an hour in a candlelit room or take a bath.
• Clean out one part of your basement, crawl space, or closet and think about living with less
• Sit and focus on your breathing and pray for people in your faith community.
• Limit television watching to one hour
These are just a few suggestions of intentionality that can get you moving toward your commitment. In your journal as you write notes about your experience and celebrations consider what you value: truth, love, peace, enthusiasm, security, graciousness, creativity, work, joy, knowledge, or other values that mean a great deal to you. Jot those down and come back to them.
One last thing – share your commitment or the work you are doing with one friend you can trust and who would encourage you. Listen to the voice of the Spirit as you are guided to reflect on the changes that you need to make.
Vol 4 #61