The Pace of Guidance

 Weathered, 12"x16" acrylic on canvas board

Weathered, 12"x16" acrylic on canvas board

Conspire Practice Reflection for Sunday, August 12

This week in Conspire, Lindsay lead us in a Quaker inspired contemplative practice. Longing to move at a slower pace and listen to the wisdom in our lives and our response to them, we opened ourselves to the possibility of moving “at the pace of guidance,” as Christina Baldwin puts it in her book, The Seven Whispers.

With curiosity and compassion, we sat silently as Lindsay offered some questions to help us access our inner teachers. 

When you meditate or pray, what shows up around this matter?
What are your best hopes in regard to this issue?
What are your fears in regard to this issue?
Six months from now, what are your hopes and fears?
When you think of this path, what color comes to mind?
What associations do you have with this color?
What would be most life-giving for you in this situation?
Is there an inspirational song that comes to mind as you ponder this matter?
Where do you feel heaviness, sadness, or draining energy?
What criteria or values are most important to you as you consider this decision?

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke

We meet again next Sunday, August 19, at 11:05a, in the Jones Education Building at St. Paul’s Methodist, in room J-203.

May your pace be in tune with your inner guide and the compassion you have for yourself and all those you pass be steady and strong.