Sundays, to me, have always meant worship, introspection, family and quiet times. My favorite church, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, in Sacramento, CA is an hour away… and I don’t get there as often as I would like, or the little voice in my head says I should. But in my ever-evolving spiritual life, I see myself more as a Spiritual Feminist (see the About Me page!) than a full-blooded Christian/Protestant, so I find time to focus on personal growth on the Sundays I don’t participate in organized religion!
How do such practices look in actuality? Something like this:
I settle into a chair, hopefully in a quiet environment, with a cuppa tea and books I am working with in my quest for understanding. Right now I am re-reading Jennifer Louden’s “The Comfort Queen’s Guide to Life – Create All That you need with just what you’ve Got” and have a review book I am finishing up, “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity” by Cynthia Bourgeault.
I read for an hour or so, usually taking notes or (gasp) writing in the margins if it is my book. Then I relax into my chair, breathe deeply, and allow my mind off it’s leash, to absorb the reading I have done. I find this vitally important to the process, so that I am centered on the message(s) I have gleaned.
Last, but not least, I write. I write (and think -yipee, multi-tasking!) about my life in respect to my reading. I think about choices I need to make, and make a conscious effort to let go of the negatives, and the regrets, that keep me from moving forward. Sounds trite, but it works for me!
What about you? Do you take time at least once a week (not necessarily on Sundays!) to read, renew and reflect on your path and purpose? I hope so!