Happy Soul Tending Tuesday.
Two weeks ago we dipped our toes into the spiritual practice of stillness with the short video of the stream in Ireland. Want to know what I found interesting? How many people texted or emailed after reading the post saying, “Oh that looks so good and I need it so much, I will watch it this weekend!”
Tuesday, as you know, is near the beginning of the week. And I understand how full and crazy life can be. I’ll tell you the truth—as I was planning and designing our rhythms for Global Trellis, I first had Soul Tending at the end of the week and Skill Building on Tuesdays.
The end of the week feels more “spiritual” with the weekend and the Sabbath coming. But then I caught myself. If I, if we, do not weave regular ways for God to be with us, we function too much in spiritual feast or famine mode. While feasting is wonderful and there are to be seasons of fasting, fasting is different than famine.
So, if you are reading this and your kids are about to need to be fed, or you are on a crowded bus, or a team meeting will start in five minutes, I get it! You did not plan to need to “do” anything. But please, don’t wait until the weekend to spend a few minutes with God in silence.
Escaping noise is virtually impossible without intention. Traffic, music, sports, entertainment, children, construction, even household appliances add to the cacophony. Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist and collects sound all over the world. He says that quiet is a “think tank of the soul.”
Enter the practice of silence. In The Sacred Enneagram, Chris
No surprise, silence is hard for me because it has the potential to be so boring. But when I see the connection between silence and learning to listen better to God (and others), I see that I need a bit of rewiring.
For us to spend a few minutes in silence today, I found a video that is ten minutes of ocean sounds. If ten minutes is too much, start with three minutes.
I know some of you live in very noisy places, so the chance of you having true “silence” is slim, thus the video. (If you don’t see it, here is the video.)
Psalm 62:5 says: “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.”
Yes, Lord, we wait for you.
I’ll share in the comments how this time of silence went, and I would love to hear from you. It’s nice to know that others are tending to their souls too, isn’t it.