Companioning Center Blog
Book Review: Practice the Pause
Sometimes, a book comes along that makes you stop and consider your way of being in the world. Caroline Oakes has written such an offering in Practice the Pause. It is both accessible and full of rich content as she engages readers with insights through Scripture, neuroscience, contemplation, and the impact of engaging a life following Jesus’ example.
Embracing Personal Myth
Life brings us to thresholds where all we've known and believed no longer supports the personal transformation our soul demands. These thresholds come about through death - the death of a partner, child, or close friend. A sudden dramatic transition like loss of employment, divorce, or some blow to status or communal perception can bring us crashing into this transition and liminal spaces. Such thresholds are accompanied by life script changes where the previous narrative is no longer hospitable to our lived experience. Here, our soul requires water from a deep well, and our churches and the common Christian narrative often have little to offer.
The Portal of Fear
Do you remember the nursery rhyme, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt? We’re goin’ on a bear hunt, We’re gonna catch a big one, I’m not scared What a beautiful day! Oh, look! It’s (fill in the blank with your obstacle of choice) Can’t go over it, Can’t go under it, Can’t go around it, Got to go through it! I think of this song when facing a difficult experience or emotion. More often than not, for me, that experience or emotion is fear.
Our Place of Belonging
Place and time. These two elements together have the potential to create a sense of belonging. Today, on September 11th, we remember specifics about the time and place when the twin towers of the World Trade Center were destroyed by terrorists, resulting in the massive loss of lives and livelihood. Going through major life changes and losses in my family on that day, I remember standing in front of the TV, hand over my heart, as if to keep it from breaking further, as I watched the towers fall. And over the following days, I sensed my life was metaphorically at ground zero. We remember the place and time when it happened. We remember ground zero. We remember the hero stories; in this remembered experience, all our differences fall to the wayside, and we are united, grounded together in the shared history.