Yet as a minister, I also witness how much stress and concern people are experiencing right now. Many feel overwhelmed, fearful even, as much as others feel the newness of which we spoke.
So what is ours to know and do in this moment? How do we respond to both experiences? As I check in with myself, again I am reminded about the importance of giving to ourselves – giving ourselves time to rest, relax, have fun, be in nature, sing, dance, be ourselves, meditate and pray.
This helps us refocus our attention, instead of responding to external pressures, which push us to constantly take and get more: more stuff, more money, more work. For me now, life is not about getting, it is about giving. This pushing and striving often brings more stress – it is not natural to live this way for very long. I know, because I have pushed and pushed myself. Now I recognise it is time to simply be and receive, to be able to give more fully.
Therefore, this month, again, I invite us to recognise the importance of giving time, space and energy to ourselves. As we make space for God, for our divine selves to shine, we experience the fullness of Spirit. Divine grace manifests, bringing forth our good without pressure or force – it is a natural result.
To help us with this, our Lent focus (which begins 14th February) is all about releasing and letting go of states of consciousness that block our good. As we do, we are able us to receive God’s grace as infinite love, wisdom and potential.
Every evening through Lent, we will hold a meditation, free and open to everyone, focusing on the particular quality the Lent booklet invites us to release, like resentment, blame or the need to be right (that is a big one). It truly is a freeing experience. You are warmly invited to take part with us – it is a gift you give to yourself.
To enable us receiving this gift of grace, so vitally important to our mental, emotional and spiritual health, we are delighted to welcome Rev. Maggy Whitehouse, who is leading a Saturday workshop, “Drinking in the Divine” February 17th on Zoom.
Maggy’s focus is all about releasing the blocks to our good so that we may receive divine grace as our birth-right. She has some fabulous meditations and exercises to share with us, all for just £35 (concessions offered).
As you can see, we are beginning this year in a very positive way. Join us, release the blocks to receive the flow of divine grace as infinite love, wisdom and potential. Now we are able to give the world, and all its inhabitants, that which we all truly need – we find now that we are all blessed. We directly experience – as we give, we receive.
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