Practicing Generosity with All Your Soul
Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. - Psalm 25:4,5
The Soul quadrant of the Living Compass focuses on our spiritual wellness. What better way to practice being generous with ourselves during this season of Advent than making time to tend to our spiritual lives? Setting time aside each day for prayer and/or a spiritual reading are common spiritual practices that will nurture and strengthen our spiritual lives.
If you are looking for a suggestion for a simple daily prayer practice, you might want to try a practice called, “Receive, Release.” Find a quiet, comfortable place and take a few minutes (you might even want to set a timer) to be still. Begin with a few deep breaths, and then silently repeat the word Receiveon your in-breath and the word Releaseon your out-breath. Do this for a few minutes and then see if God gives you other words to replace these two. Perhaps you need to receive and breathe in “courage” today, or “peace.” And perhaps you need to release and breathe out, “worry” or “judgment.” If no words come to you simply stay with Receive and Release. This exercise is useful because it will calm your mind and help you focus on your own inner thoughts and feelings, and help center you for the rest of the day.
Regularly filling our spiritual cups is not only an excellent way to practice self-care and to be generous with ourselves, it is also what in turn empowers us to be able to be generous with others.
Making it personal: If you tried the, “Receive, Release” practice, how did it go for you? Do you notice a connection between the state of your own spiritual wellness and your capacity to be generous with others?
Follow along with us this Advent season with our daily devotional and engage in discussion in our closed facebook group moderated by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner & The Rev. Jan Kwiatowski.
In this group, participants will have a chance to share their responses to the prompts in the daily readings, and also the chance to receive additional material for reflection.