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Embracing the Body–A Book Review and Some Reflections

Embracing the Body–A Book Review and Some Reflections

Art, awareness, Spirituality
I met the author Tara Owens through a writing group on Facebook and was intrigued by the idea of her book Embracing the Body: Finding God in Our Flesh and Bone. When she was looking for people to receive review copies in exchange for honest reviews, I offered quickly because the juxtaposition of physicality and spirituality is something you rarely see in a positive context. Reading it through the eyes of someone who lives with disability and who has had body image issues for as long as I can remember, I found the book healing. The question, "What is God trying to do through our skin and bones?" found on the back cover challenged me to ask myself that about my tired, broken-ish 47-year-old body. I didn't find answers, but what a holy question instead of cursing my body for what it can no lo...
How to Love Your Neighbor Well

How to Love Your Neighbor Well

"Life" Issues
I've been following a series of blog posts called How to Love Your Neighbor Well by blogger Lori Harris. The first one was How to Love on a Mom (in need), and the second one was Because You Asked: How Do I Love the Poor?. The one that really got me thinking was this one, though. 5 Things to Ask Yourself Before You Donate I absolutely agree with everything she said. People often use donations to make themselves feel good and to get rid of crap they no longer want in their place. It reminds me of working at Savannah Baptist Center, sorting through donations for the clothes closet or food pantry (demeaning words to make people feel even more poor when they came for help), and thinking "Who would donate this? Would he/she wear/eat it?" The answer was usually no way in hell would someone be ...

Cry Out in Your Weakness

spiritual practice, Spirituality
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CwCvpEMEJU Since I didn't share my  #1000voices post with all of you last week, I thought I would this Sunday. It's never too late to add your voice to those who speak up for compassion. It's never too late to be compassionate. Hear others' voices and reach out when you can. I wanted to take part in today’s 1000 Voices for Compassion, but couldn’t think of what to say. I Googled compassion quotes and found this by Rumi. “Give your weakness to one who helps.” The quote struck me like a lightning bolt, so I sat with it. What does it mean? Well, I went back to find its context. This is what I discovered. Cry Out in Your Weakness A dragon was pulling a bear into its terrible mouth. A courageous man went and rescued the bear. There are such helpers in the wo...