A Sister Reflects - Reflexión de una Hermana

“If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts.” Psalm 95:8

When we’re trying to hear God’s call for what we are to do with our lives, we invest not just our ears, but our whole selves. We can look for clues from our body, our emotions, our mind, and our spirit. Each of them communicate bits of information as we search.

When praying or sitting quietly, we pay attention to places in our body that cause discomfort or pain indicating this isn’t “it”. Likewise we feel a relaxation of tense muscles or sense the butterflies of excitement when we have landed on what may be the call.

Over time we begin noticing a pattern of feelings that stay with us, feelings of joy, peace, or a sense of rightness about choices we’re considering. Likewise, we may feel a sense of unease, fear, resistance, even frustration and impatience in the struggle to have an answer.

When we have done our research on possibilities and thought about what we’ve learned from wise mentors, our spirit lets us know when to be at peace and likewise lets us know that something is not yet right about where we’ve arrived.

Maybe one of these recorded conversations will assist with your pondering.

Blessings as you continue on God’s way,
Sister Tarianne

Discerniendo Con Todo Tu Ser

“Si hoy escuchas la voz de Dios, no endurezcas tu corazón." Salmo 95:8

Cuando intentamos escuchar el llamado de Dios para lo que debemos hacer con nuestras vidas, invertimos no solo nuestros oídos, sino todo nuestro ser. Podemos estar atentas por señales de nuestro cuerpo, nuestras emociones, nuestra mente, y nuestro espíritu. Cada uno de ellos comunica pedacitos de información mientras buscamos.

Cuando oramos o nos sentamos en silencio, prestamos atención a los lugares de nuestro cuerpo que causan incomodidad o dolor, indicando que esto no lo "es". Del mismo modo, sentimos una relajación de los músculos tensos o sentimos mariposas de emoción cuando hemos llegado a lo que podrá ser el llamado.

Con el tiempo, comenzamos a notar un patrón de sentimientos que permanecen con nosotras, sentimientos de alegría, paz o una sensación de rectitud acerca de las elecciones que estamos considerando. Del mismo modo, podemos sentir una sensación de inquietud, miedo, resistencia, incluso frustración e impaciencia en la lucha por tener una respuesta.

Cuando hemos hecho nuestra investigación sobre las posibilidades y hemos pensado en lo que hemos aprendido de mentores sabios, nuestro espíritu nos deja saber cuándo estar en paz y también nos deja saber que algo todavía no está bien con respecto a dónde hemos llegado.

Tal vez una de estas conversaciones grabadas (haga clic aquí) le ayudará con su reflexión.

Bendiciones mientras continua en el camino de Dios, 
Hermana Tarianne

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I do not know about you, but my love for self, others, and God is far from unconditional. For example, there are a number of conditions I lay down before I will love myself. I need to be successful in my work, have friends who treat me according to my will and have things go my way, just to name a few. Here is an everyday example of what I am talking about. When I am driving on the back roads of Michigan, I am peaceful, content, driving along as fast as I want, enjoying the scenery. This loving feeling changes quickly, however, if I happen to get behind a car that wants to take their time going 45 miles per hour. Suddenly, I am no longer peaceful, content and enjoying myself. I have become more and more frustrated and resentful that I’m stuck behind this driver, and there is little opportunity to pass. I have put a condition on my love for myself, that is, things must go my way. The good news is that when we catch ourselves in the act of loving conditionally, we can make a change. I have learned to take a deep breath, and enjoy the scenery even more because I am now going at a slower pace. I will give myself the feelings of peace and contentment no matter the conditions. The love I give myself is enough. As the author of The Presence Process Michael Brown says, “There’s no reason, excuse, or justification for treating ourselves with anything less than unconditional love” (208). God loves us with an unconditional love and calls us to do likewise. When we learn to love ourselves unconditionally, we can more easily love others and God this way as well. How unconditional is your love? What conditions do you place on yourself, others and God before you will love them?


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