Author: lana1967

Story as Embodied Faith

Creativity, Sacred Writing, spirit, spiritual practice, Spirituality
My word for 2015, and probably for my life if I'm honest, is story. Why? I love reading and learning. I love getting lost in others' stories. I love writing. I love telling my story and being there for others when they tell theirs. I love holding their stories and providing sanctuary for them. I even love standing up for them and speaking up for them when they can't tell their own stories. It's the most sacred thing about my calling as a helper. Whether I'm a reader or a writer or a social worker or a counselor or a chaplain or a minister, I'm all about story. It's who i am, and i wouldn't change it for anything. It's how i embody my faith--how i show the world who i believe God is and what i believe is true about life and love. As long as I follow my story wherever it leads and make cho...

So it's 2015….

Spirituality
What's changed in your world? It kind of feels like the day after your birthday when everybody is telling you your life is supposed to be different, but no matter how you look around at it, it all looks exactly the same as it did as it did the day before or the day before that. Or maybe you look at today and compare it to the pictures of how 2015 was SUPPOSED to look in the second movie of Back to the Future trilogy. We don't have hoverboards or self-lacing shoes, so things must be pretty much the same as they always were. Well, I was trying to go through that Word of the Year process that I shared with you all last week, and I found myself stuck. I couldn't choose any of the words that came to my mind because they were all pretty much as revolutionary in my life as self-lacing shoes wou...

Word of the Year for 2015

Spirituality
I'm sure some of you have seen the different ways to find your Word of the Year. People believe it is a more positive use of energy than listing resolutions that will most likely be broken by the middle of the second week of the year. I like Susannah Conway's process, so this is what I will go through to find my word for 2015. She asks you to visualize your perfect day in 2015...what you were doing....how you felt....what you were looking forward to. Then she asks you to think about the following questions: -- What is definitely happening in 2015? -- What are you hoping will happen in 2015? -- What dreams would you like to nurture in the new year? -- What area(s) of your life is/are asking to be supported in 2015? -- What qualities do you want to develop in yourself? -- What does y...