Embodied Existence: A Blessing

A poem by Late Night Epiphanies caught my attention one afternoon while I was scrolling through social media. It was a beautiful reflection of appreciation for all that the sister-authors had penned.  Not only did it foster appreciation for all my body has endured and enabled me to enjoy, but it sparked my own creativity. Continue reading “Embodied Existence: A Blessing”

Comfort for your Body: Self-Care (Luke 5:16)

“ Meanwhile, Jesus would slip away to deserted places and pray.” -Luke 5:16 “Go home.” I looked up at my boss, startled by his sharp tone. Leaning against the jam, he pushed his head through the cracked opening in my office door.  “Go home. Read a book. I think you need a break.” A millionContinue reading “Comfort for your Body: Self-Care (Luke 5:16)”

Kind Reminder for your Body: Self-Care

I am worth the space it takes to heal In his book, Ladder to the Light, Steven Charleston writes, “Spirituality is not a spa, but a construction site…”. The work of truly caring for ourselves is a messy, imperfect process. It takes time and investment. While self-comfort and pleasurable activities are part of the equation,Continue reading “Kind Reminder for your Body: Self-Care”

Joy for your Body: Acceptance (Matthew 6:25)

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”  -Matthew 6:25 Throughout our lives, our bodies change; that’s the design! While some changes are hardContinue reading “Joy for your Body: Acceptance (Matthew 6:25)”

Joy for your Body: Compassionate Touch (John 1:14)

“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” -John 1:14 One way I have been reclaiming and healing my body is through compassionate touch. Throughout my life  most of my actions and responses to myContinue reading “Joy for your Body: Compassionate Touch (John 1:14)”

Kind Reminder for your Body: Chronic Pain

Life will always be imperfect but I have the gift of now. Some ailments have no end. The practice of radical acceptance can be most unwelcome, particularly when suggested by those who are not plagued by a chronic illness. And yet, embracing the reality of our circumstances is what allows us to transform our perspective,Continue reading “Kind Reminder for your Body: Chronic Pain”

Joy for your Body: (Midlife) Manifesto (Psalm 56:8)

“You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your record?” -Psalm 56:8 My body started shutting down. When I didn’t listen to the cues she was giving me, trying to cover and numb the discomfort with medications, my body just got louder. When I had aContinue reading “Joy for your Body: (Midlife) Manifesto (Psalm 56:8)”

Joy for your Body: Speak with Kindness (2 Corinthians 4:7-8)

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair . . .” 2 Corinthians 4:7-8 It is easy to focus on the flaws and deficiencies we observe.Continue reading “Joy for your Body: Speak with Kindness (2 Corinthians 4:7-8)”

Kind Reminder for your Body: Listening to your Body

I am grateful for all my body does for me In this series, we will be providing a weekly bonus post that features a focus statement. These simple phrases are a reminder and blessing, an affirmation that can be used as a breath prayer throughout the day or as a word of encouragement that youContinue reading “Kind Reminder for your Body: Listening to your Body”