Take a compass! It’s a jungle out there…

If you knew that your heart is as a valuable as the One who created it, would it change the way you live? Love happens in a heart that’s alive and alert.

The truth is hidden deep in our hearts.  Love is the answer.  If only we could truly love and be loved, and never lose love, we would honestly be happy-ever-after.  These are echoes of Eden, where we stand naked and unashamed in a celebration of joyful intimacy.  This is communion as it was meant to be experienced.

“The deepest need of the human heart is to be loved.  To be loved utterly and completely just as we are, no matter what.  We respond to this need in a lot of different ways.  Sometimes we try to be perfect in order to earn love.  Or we repress our need until all that remains of it is a vague sense of restlessness and yearning.  And meanwhile, inside that secret place which God fashioned for us to dwell with Him, we grow hungrier, emptier.  The experience of God as a loving, encompassing reality in the midst of our days can be the most elusive one of our lives.” [Kidd, Sue Monk; God’s Joyful Surprise; 1987, Harper & Row publ, NYC; pg 3]

“You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”  Indira Gandhi

We have an inner navigation system that warns us when we are entering dangerous territory, and reassures us when something is beneficial and safe.  For that reason, journal writing can be a reliable compass.  So are some other right-brain activities:  ironing, paining, driving, walking, gardening, rowing, and running.  “Mindless” activities help us to focus and realign to our ‘true north’.  This week, take an hour to follow your inner compass by doing an activity that is free from language and logic, and listen for the insights to overflow.  Keep your journal handy to spill out onto the page.

Consider this, “…I have sometimes seen it reported that our spirituality is controlled by a particular part of the brain, and it has been suggested that when people don’t respond to religion it is because this part of their brain is underdeveloped.  It has also been suggested that stimulating this area of the brain could influence ‘spiritual experiences’.  This, of course, has to be rejected on the grounds that spiritual life doesn’t reside in the brain and that spiritual life comes from God rather than from an electrical current.” from Steve TURNER, imagine. a vision for Christians in the arts; InterVarsity Press; Downers Grove, IL; 2001; pp 98-99

If you can’t even manage 20-minutes for yourself, then learn to carry something like a sketchbook or a knitting project for the moments that you’re forced to wait for appointments, congested traffic, etc.  The cares of this world may demand your time, but you don’t have to lose it at your own expense.  Turn it to your advantage.

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