Wherever two or more gather to discuss matters of the heart, Spirit shows up. –Matthew 18:20
I met the most wonderful new friend tonight–through Facebook–but she lives in my hometown of Bellingham Washington. We basically had Church, meditation, wisdom sharing, whatever you wanna call it. I'll meet her when I stop in for a hug downtown where she works later on this week. Our conversation was so tangible. I felt her so close to me. It was as though we were in small group, just the two of us, coming together, meeting for the first time, and laying our faith stories on the table. I felt no judgement, only love and encouragement. I know she felt the same. Such a warm feeling so unfamiliar to many of us.
After a thirty minute back and forth and an exchange of meditation material (she shared some words from Jesus and I shared some poetic Hafiz) I solidified my belief system–my "faith"–in a single swoop without even trying. I grew up in scary fundamental Christian churches that drove home ideas like guilt, shame, and fear of an impending apocalypse. I have taken the sacred parts, what I feel are truth, and I incorporate them into my daily spirituality. My daily spiritual practice is based on my faith statement. Here it is:
I find God in my dance, ceremony with community, by honoring and communing playfully with earth. I am mindful of the Divine within. I trust my intuition, and I practice love daily.
In difficult, lonely or uncertain times I hope that you might find someone with which you can have an open dialogue with what is on your heart and mind, for the goodness and the Godness that is you resides there. I would also encourage you to write a faith statement just to see what emerges. For many of my friends it might include words like "snowboarding" or "outdoors" or maybe "goddess" "forest" or "spirit". Let me know. Can you post your first ideas here? Share and create and re-create. The journey is long; I am glad we are on it together. We are always learning. Always new. Always keeping heart to something bigger than who we are in this moment, yet keeping our feet firmly planted on terra firma.