The way I understand the process of what a chrysalis goes through before the emergence of a butterfly is a gooey mess. I feel a little “messy” during times of change, and as I think about this process I want to embrace it. I figure I can’t go wrong – I may come out the other side with wings!
I view this life as an amazing journey and I want to experience it all in the messiness but often uncomfortable places.
In congregational life our expectation is different. Messy doesn’t always translate into “an amazing journey.” It can raise our anxiety and feels off balance.
We can use tools for handling stress during these messy times. They can be as simple as noticing we’re not breathing fully, and then breathe. For me it’s in the noticing that I can practice being in the present.
Reaching out to a friend who listens and affirms us can be healing as well. Sometimes we need to be our own best friend and write through journaling or scripting a letter to ourselves. I have a blank book near my bed, so when the 2:00 am waking-hour comes, I can empty my brain onto its pages. Movement, (I prefer dancing) or getting active in another way allows our bodies to be busy through the anxiety. Meditative walking is powerful. Like breathing, if we focus on our steps, either by counting them or noticing how our foot is placed, it can also bring us into the present moment. If walking isn’t for you, focusing on upper body movements may help. Qigong or Tai Chi match movement with breath and is also beautiful.
As we navigate life’s changes and transitions I encourage you to share with others and find community in the bustle. Come join fellowship families with a brown bag lunch on the front lawn this Sunday at noon (April 22). Start a conversation about how you’d like to be connected during the summer, and especially when out of the building next Fall. Let us find opportunities to connect and love one another. It’s all there is. Peaceful blessings, De Anna
Happy Earth Day!
“With or without speech, prayer is born of breath and bones,
and hearts held open to ancient connection.”
– Karen Hering, Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within