“We do not think ourselves into new ways of living,
we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.”
Richard Rohr, OSF
We tend to compartmentalize our lives into spiritual and non-spiritual. We may think that our inner life is separate from, even superior to, our daily life. In reality, it's all the same thing. Everything is spiritual. Everything.
Each human encounter invites us to more; to look at how well we are embodying the spiritual values we claim to hold dear; how well we are walking our spiritual talk—actually being the spiritual persons we claim ourselves to be. In fact, it is within the context of human relationship that we'll learn the most about ourselves.
Living in the "real" world—going to work or school, being partnered, having kids, living in a neighborhood--is how we come to know ourselves as divinely-sourced, but thoroughly human beings. We intend to love fully, yet close our hearts in anger. We preach generosity, but hold tight to our purses when we spot a homeless person on the street corner.
The truth is, we are perfectly imperfect and, because we are, life offers us one opportunity after another to grow. As marvelous as it might sound, framed in this way, every human being can be a teacher to us. Being in relationship is how we develop and grow into the people we are meant to be in the heart and mind of God.
1. Do you have a tendency to see your inner life as separate from your daily life of duties and human interaction? Do you see your inner life as sacred and your “regular” life as secular, even profane?
2. What is the one area of your daily life or your relationship life that is causing you the most difficulty right now? Consider that, right now, this arena holds your greatest spiritual invitation. It is where the Spirit is nudging you to grow.
3. Acknowledging this invitation, what is the Divine nudging you toward right now? To be more loving or kind? Generous or forgiving? Courageous or faithful? Name the “virtue of the spirit” that is beckoning you to wholeness, to integration, so that your outer life reflects your inner life.
Everything we experience in life is sacred because everything that happens to us is laden with holy purpose: to help us take a deeper look at how we are living in the world.
©2015, Janice. Lundy. Excerpted from My Deepest Me: A 30-Day Guided Journey
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