Let it go!
Two Christmas’ ago we had the privilege of rolex replica spending a few days in London with our niece (5) and nephew (18 months) – and their parents. We shared many magic moments, including New Years Eve fireworks, parades, family meals, the London Eye, and so on. But one thing that still makes me smile when I think about it is how every time the eldest child sang the theme from her favourite movie, the youngest would instinctively join in at the “let it go” bit. Right on cue, he’d fling open his arms, puff out his chest and with great enthusiasm and gusto belt out these three words. I don’t know if he knew what ‘let it go’ meant, I don’t know if I did at the time, but I’m beginning to…
For the past couple of months Rachel and I have been choosing a fresh approach to church that involves Contemplative Prayer – twenty minutes of omega replica intentional silence “centered entirely on the presence of God” (Merton), followed by 20 minutes of teaching.
Like the Examen, that I wrote about in April’s blog, advocates of Contemplative or Centering Prayer (CP) recommend it practiced twice daily. Rachel and I have committed to once a week.
I first came across CP in 2010 in the City of London, whilst visiting Moot, a fresh expression of church based in Watling Street. I had the opportunity to join a 18.30 group they call Stressed in the City: “…a powerful way to relax, lower your stress level and develop a spiritual prayer practice,” followed by a ‘spiritually injected conversation’ at a nearby pub at 19.30.
Rather than rush home after church, Rachel and I have intentionally chosen to have our own ‘spiritually injected conversations’ – which generally last for about an hour or so.
A colleague asked this week why this approach to church; all I could think of by way of response was: “I am learning what it means to let go and let God.”
In practicing CP we’ve learnt how thoughts – an umbrella term for feelings, images, judgements, memories, reflection and senses – “…are inevitable, integral and a normal part of CP” (Arico).
The goal of CP is not to have no thoughts, but to allow thoughts to come AND let them go, since thoughts are the raw material of transformation.
Thoughts are either things God wants us to deal with, or – ninety percent of the time – things to let go (Arico). Our thoughts, if we’re not careful, can become obstacles that prevent us from allowing the Spirit to replica watches flow through us – especially our thoughts about power and control, security and survival, love and self esteem.
CP chooses to make space, become more aware and consent to God’s presence and action within us and then beyond self.
I’ve noticed how learning to let go in CP is spilling over into daily life, in small ways, like letting go of my habit of checking my phone in the middle of the night – as if emails I’m desperate to receive will arrive quicker (they don’t). And then there’s bigger things, like our recent decision to ‘let go’ of our UK house; which we were advised to keep hold of when we left in 2007. This hasn’t been an easy decision for us, or our family, but Rachel and I both ‘thought’ it separately at the same time. God hasn’t revealed why yet – although we have our suspicions – only that we need to “let it go!”