Week of January 24, 2016

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This weekend Blessed Art is here to sell works made by Christians living in the Holy Land. After communion someone will be briefly explaining the work they do. Their works of art will be in the A/B room for you to look at and purchase.

Below are more of the Guideposts for Wholehearted Living that I began running in last week’s bulletin.

According to Dr. Brene Brown, “Wholehearted Living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion and connection to wake up in the morning and think – No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.

10 GUIDEPOSTS TO WHOLEHEARTED LIVING:

  1. Trust Your Intuition and Faith: Letting Go of the Need for Certainty

We live in an uncertain world. We try to protect ourselves by clinging to rigid beliefs, but we cut ourselves off from the complexity of people and experiences — a high price to pay for security. A better approach is to gradually build your tolerance to the vulnerability that uncertainty produces. In other words, cultivate a stronger faith in your ability to remain open and connected when hard times hit. Faith is essential when we decide to live and love with our whole hearts in a world where most of us want assurances before we risk being vulnerable and getting hurt.

  1. Foster Creativity: Letting Go of Comparison

Practicing creativity is not just for geniuses. When we’re creative in any way — whether it’s cooking or playing the piano — we risk failure. We do it anyway, because it’s more satisfying than not taking the risk, and this is very good practice for the rest of our lives. To truly cultivate creativity, we have to let go of comparison. Comparison is about conformity and its paradoxical message is to “be just like everyone else, but better.” Embracing creativity without comparison means we can truly enjoy the process without fearing the outcome.

  1. Protect Your Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth

Making the choice to rest and play is now counterculture. The world is full of messages that equate self-worth with net worth. We preach productivity, but aspiring to be a robot is not a wholehearted move. Living and loving with our whole hearts requires us to respect our bodies’ need for renewal. If you struggle to find time for rest and play, make a list of the conditions that are in place when everything is going really well in your life. Are you sleeping in on the weekends? Playing Scrabble? Goofing off with your kids or friends? Then treat those practices as sacred, the way you do your other obligations.

Don’t forget the presentation on pilgrimage by Fr. Curran, SJ. On Monday (January 25th) night at 7:00 p.m. Even if you did not have the opportunity to register you are still welcome.

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