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Witness Wednesday – I AM

Love, Photography, spiritual practice, Spirituality
What is the story yearning to be told within you? ... There is an exercise that we do in SoulCollage(TM). You look at the artwork you have produced, and then write out, for about 15 minutes, "I am the one who _________________ " filling in the blank. You put yourself into the picture and use the collage to illustrate a truth about yourself. And then there is the writing prompt I was given at the Soulsister retreat to write a skinny poem based on "I am ________." And then there is the definition of the holy name of in Hebrew scripture which translates to "I was, I am, I will be." I. AM. Yesterday I sat with a youth in the detention center and we did the SoulCollage(TM) project and she answered, "I am the one who wants attention and wants to hide." That was great awareness. Last week I ...

Witness Wednesday – Seeing Beauty

Love, Photography, spiritual practice, Spirituality
What is the story yearning to be told within you? ... There is a story yearning to be told in my heart. It has to do with 30+ years of being misdiagnosed. But right now, it is an angry story. As this story churns and yearns, there is another story to be told. One that takes that anger and turns it to beauty. It is the story of being healed by great beauty. Oh, my body is not healed. But my heart is often uplifted and healed by the great beauty I see around me. Sometimes it is absolute perfect beauty. Sometimes it is the beauty of a wabi sabi moment. But always, when I look and become present to where I am now rather than dwelling in the past or borrowing into the future, I see something that takes my breath away. A spider web. A crumpled leaf. Sorrow in a face. Joyful bubblings. Beauty in...

Witness Wednesday – Walking With

Church, Love, Photography, spiritual practice, Spirituality
A new aspect of my job is providing advocacy services for the homeless, especially homeless youth. Just another piece of the accompaniment journey that I focus on with at-risk youth. In accompaniment, the focus is on "walking along side with" - not on walking in front, leading or walking behind, pushing. Walking next to - listening and loving. Yesterday, I met with two clients at their sleeping spot. In the chill of the evening, on the sidewalk, I witnessed joy and laughter in the midst of a difficult situation. ... “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ― Winston Churchill ... What is your story? What have you been witness to? Where have you walked this week? © 2013, post and photograph, Terri Stewart, all rights reserv...