In January of this year, Jamie Traylor and I traveled to Charlotte to participate in a Labyrinth facilitator training with Veriditas. We were paired with Catherine Anderson as our guide and instructor. We both found the experience, community, and time to reflect deeply meaningful. At that time, we were just hearing more information about COVID-19 and the possible implications. I never imagined we would continue to be in the midst of this pandemic exactly 6 months later.
Catherine like many of us has been reflecting and re-evaluating our place in this world and in our own community especially during this unusual season. She recently shared some very meaningful words and actions that she can bring to our world in this time.
Some of the words she shared,
"It is not the easy or convenient life for which I search - but rather life lived to the edge of all my possibility."
"We don't have to agree on anything to be kind to one another."
"Be the kindness you wish to see in the world."
Her words reminded me of Paul's in his letter to the church in Ephesus, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
I would invite you this week to consider these words and how they might guide your reflections, actions, and conversations. I find that when I walk a familiar path in my neighborhood or on a labyrinth, my mind can come to a place of calm and clarity through prayer and movement. This prayer time brings more depth and meaning to my day.
Each day as we navigate this pandemic, messages from the news and challenges we face in our personal relationships, I invite you to find time for prayer and movement. Perhaps write one of these quotes or scripture on a card and carry it with you.