One of my favorite things about this season of my life is it's opening. After journeying through a long and heavy season, as I have been wrestling with God and myself and the world through our up front row seat to life through neuro-diversity, I am beginning to see some of my life's previous weight disappear.
It's not that the neuro-diversity has conformed to convention, but that I am finding synthesis and space for my experience - in a way that includes faith and and God and community - but one that is honest, honoring, and ultimately grounded in love. This has not been easy, as so much of the spiritual and personal baggage that I've carried was hard to understand and let go of. However, the more I lean into the unknowing and space of love and faith, the more I am finding God, the universe, and myself all there.
There are so many opportunities that each of us walk through that offer learning and love, if we just see it. This morning I came across one such resource. It is an interview with Sharon Salzberg and Alanis Morrisette. As the conversation unfolded, the wisdom and awareness to love that both Sharon and Alanis offered was such gift. I chose the podcast, knowing that Sharon is a respected practionner and leader in meditation spaces and Alanis is a well known singer-musician, seeking to hear how they have cultivated a practice of centeredness and prayer through their life. The conversation they offered was rich, and way more than a talk on meditation or centered prayer.
The concentric circle love and life views offer so much to unpack. I wanted to share them as a suggestion for you to unpack too. If you are interested in moving beyond the weight of the disorienting immediate and live into the possibility that is for you and your world, this conversation is a great stepping stone to walk through.
PS. I just came across this FABULOUS quote from Barbara Brown Taylor that says so much to me and about me....."What is saving my life now is the conviction that there is no spiritual treasures to be found apart from the bodily experiences of human life on earth. My life depends on engaging the most ordinary physical activities with the most exquisite attention I can give them. My life depends on ignoring all touted distinctions between the secular and the sacred, the physical and the spiritual, the body and the soul. What is saving my life now is becoming more fully human, trusting that there is no way to God apart from the real life in the real world." #BarbaraBrownTaylor
Melinda is a recovering "normal" seeker, who is often distracted by unexpected moments of nature's beauty or questioning children