Practicing Presence

5 seconds that will change your day

Hey friends - I'm back, hoping to get back to podcasting in this new year - so take a little pause in your hustle and slow your soul to grow your soul! Take a little listen below - in what ways will you begin to pause your hustle in 2018?

 
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Maya Angelou asks says there are 4 questions that we are unconsciously asking all the time

  1. Do you see me?
  2. Do you care?
  3. Am I enough for you? (or do you need me to be better somehow?)
  4. Can you tell me that I'm special to you by the way you look at me?

FOR REFLECTION/PRACTICE:

  • Today, take notice of the times when and with whom you are unconsciously asking these questions today.
  • With whom do you feel seen? unseen? How do you know?
  • With whom do you feel cared for? Not cared for? How do you know?
  • With whom do you feel like you're okay just as you are? With whom do you wonder if you're not enough or too much?
  • With whom of your co-workers, family, friends, pets, neighbors, strangers are you able to hold a short gaze? With whom are you not?
  • In what ways today have you felt "seen" and "cared" for and welcomed by God?

If you have a pet, begin to practice a little longer pause with these ones - who, incidentally seem to do this better than most humans!  Practice looking into their eyes and see what you see in return.

If you feel more daring - each time you look in a mirror today, pause 5 seconds to look in your own eyes and say to yourself, "I see you, I care" and see what happens. 

Sacred Seeing

Sacred Seeing

With great attentiveness, God can speak to us through many things we see throughout the day. With a little practice, you can sacredly see (and listen) to God's heart in the midst of the ordinary things you notice each day. 

The Awakened heart - God does not show up

The Awakened heart - God does not show up

This is week 5 of Paula's musings with Gerald May's book, "The Awakened Heart." Have you ever heard or used the phrase, "God showed up"? The phrase betrays the reality that God is with us always. Take a deeper look into the ways that you are noticing God in the midst of your ordinary, every day life.

Divine rhythmic "seeing"

Divine rhythmic "seeing"

An ancient way of listening to God came in a rhythmic way of interacting with life - either visually through pictures, audially through music or even through music. This same rhythm of "seeing" can help you discover God's invitations to you in the midst of your day.

Listening to longing

Listening to longing

I had a recent conversation with a really burned out minister...her longing is to linger with Jesus but the ministry is preventing her from doing so. Take a little glimpse into our conversation - in what ways is God inviting YOU toward God's heart of Love? How might you be attentive to your own heart's longing?