When you walk into the church or up to the altar, bow or kneel or cross yourself, light a candle, offer peace to another, put money in the plate, kiss an icon, receive bread and wine — don't pull away inside. Don't separate and see yourself doing something. Just be fully present 'in the middle' of the gesture, with nothing left over.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Being fully present
Tilden Edwards founded the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and served as its executive director for about twenty years. He continues to lecture and offer workshops. I had the wonderful privilege of studying with him some years ago as part of my training and formation as a spiritual director.