Living an authentic life: Lenten series during March
A Lenten Journey: The Dance of Dark and Light
Sundays 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., March 5 to April 2 in Sanctuary building Parlor
Juliet says, "I've had many conversations with people about how our society tends to have an "I'm fine!" culture when, in reality, we all experience normal discomfort, setbacks and struggles. My hope is to help us see the value in being vulnerable and honest. Once we learn how to do this with ourselves and others, we can live more fully."
Juliet will pull from John Ortberg's Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them. Ortberg writes, "Every one of us have habits we can't control, past deeds we can't undo, flaws we can't correct. This is the cast of characters God has to work with. Everybody's weird! From a spirituality perspective, our secret doubts about our normality have something important to tell us."
Lent is a time of discernment and of truth telling. It is a season of the dance of dark and light; a season to explore who we are and who we might want to be or hope we can become—and to do so in the context of God’s purpose and grace.
Let go of who you think you should be - and embrace who you truly are.
Brene Brown is one of the top experts in understanding shame, connection, worthiness and vulnerability. Referencing her research and books will help us understand how each of us desires to really be seen and how to let go of who we think we should be in order to be who we really are.
We will learn about the importance of mindfulness & meditation, or as Richard Rohr defines it in the context of prayer: "the purpose of Centering Prayer is to deepen your relationship with God (and at the same time with your own deepest self) in that bandwidth of formless, objectless awareness that is the foundation of nondual consciousness. There you discover that you, God, and the world “out there” are not separate entities, but flow together seamlessly in an unbreakable dynamism of self-giving love, which is the true nature of reality and the ground of everything."
Living authentically means understanding the benefit of vulnerability and learning how and when to be honest about how we're really doing, even if it means making room for discomfort, so that we can live true to our values and beliefs as who we are, at our core.