Do you have experience with reconnecting head, heart, and body? Contemplative and meditative practices that put us in touch with our whole selves are different than saying and reciting prayers and is a learned practice. How have you learned? Who was your teacher? Are you ready to find a teacher?
Inner Spaces. Have you ever taken time to consider these three inner spaces? Has your faith language helped or hindered the integration of body, heart, and head? Can you express this relationship, or lack there of, through story?
“Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation. But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it. When, therefore, we were approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet.” –Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 25
Do you think pain is a necessary catalyst for spiritual growth? Why or why not?
“Letting go is not in anybody’s program for happiness, and yet all mature spirituality, in one sense or another, is about letting go and unlearning. You can take that as an absolute. As German mystic-philosopher Meister Eckhart said, the spiritual life has much more to do with subtraction than it does with addition.” -Richard Rohr
How does this statement sit with you? What things have you had to let go of or unlearn in your spiritual life? (If you feel comfortable answering this) what things do you struggle to let go of?
“Until you bottom out, and come to the limits of your own fuel supply, the is no reason for you to switch to a higher octane fuel.”
What do you think of this statement? Is bottoming out necessary? Does this statement resonate with your own experience in any way?
“We are all spiritually powerless, however, and not just those physically addicted to a substance…It seems humans would rather die than change or admit they are mistaken…It (the ego) would sooner live in a win/lose world in which most lose than allow God any win-win victory. Grace is always a humiliation of the ego, it seems.”
Do you agree or disagree with Rohr’s description of the problem? Is it easy or difficult to admit spiritual powerlessness? Why is it so hard to “allow God any win-win victory”?
“It seems that we are not that free to be honest, or even aware, because most of our garbage is buried in the unconscious. So it is absolutely essential that we find a spirituality that reaches to that hidden level. If not, nothing really changes.” -Richard Rohr
Twelve Step recovery communities have often been celebrated as communities where people can be vulnerable, open and honest about their “garbage”, as Rohr puts it. Have you experienced the church to be such a community? Why or why not? If not, how might the church change to become that kind of community?