A Cornucopia of Life’s Sacred QuestionsNovember 19, 2010
Image Credit: Joan W, Digital Fractal Artist
Have you ever experienced an internal uprising – an inner sense that “there must be more than this”?
Any changes you make will probably be met with some resistance, as those around us are affected by our changes. What reactions do you expect? How will you hold fast to your growth despite resistance?
How does your spirituality connect with the way you treat the earth?
Think back to a time when you were kept waiting. How did you feel about not being able to control your time? How did your body respond to having to be still?
Is there a substance, an excuse, an escape, or a relationship that you use repeatedly or compulsively to stop your inner growth?
Who have been the mentors in your life? What did those relationships offer you? Why are role models important to spiritual growth?
Do you believe that “grace is everywhere”? Where have you experienced grace this past week?
“Learning to descend into the body and create a loving and accepting relationship with it is a vital work of spiritual wholeness for a woman”. One way to help identify how you feel about your body is to write a letter to it. Begin by thanking your body for all of its years of faithful service taking you places and allowing you to see, hear, taste, touch, and smell life. Confess any overly critical attitudes toward your body. Declare your desires to cooperate in a more loving way with your body – the partner to your soul.
~ Leader’s Guide Questions from When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions by Sue Monk Kidd, published 1990
The Grumpy Tree
There was once a grumpy tree. It was the biggest tree in the forest, and it didn’t need its shadow for anything. However, the tree would never share its shadow with any of the animals, and wouldn’t let them come anywhere near.
One year, the autumn and winter were terrible, and the tree, without its leaves, was going to die of cold. A little girl, who went to live with her grandma that winter, found the tree shivering, so she went to get a great big scarf to warm the tree up. The Spirit of the Forest appeared and told the little girl why that tree was so solitary, and why no one would help him. Even so, the girl decided to put the scarf on the tree.
The next springtime, the tree had learned from the girl’s generosity, and when she sat next to the trunk the tree bent down to shade her from the sun. The Spirit of the Forest saw this and went to tell all the animals. He told them that from then on they would be able to shade themselves well, because the tree had learned that having kind and generous beings around makes the world a much better place to live in.
Author.. Pedro Pablo Sacristan