Finding Our Center

Photo of Rev. Dr. Cathy HarringtonMy goodness, it’s another new year already, and we are on the search process home stretch!  The transitions office calls it Phase Five: Mutual Discernment and Selection.  This is very exciting and is the perfect time to get grounded in what really matters in your own life and in the life of the congregation. Rev. Claudia and I invite you to join us at 2 PM on the first and third Tuesday of the month for an hour of tea and conversation.  Stop by and share what’s on your mind and in your heart. We’ll put the kettle on!

I love the Soul Matters theme for January because it resonates with new beginnings without the burden and guilt of New Year’s resolutions. Finding Our Center is different from making resolutions or making lists of needed improvements; centering is more about listening to what calls us forth.  It is about becoming who we really are, aligning ourselves with our true north rather than improving ourselves. That feels so much better!  Someone posted a quiz on Facebook a few years ago that promised to discern your New Year’s resolutions for you if you simply answer ten questions.  I thought what the heck, I’m game. Mine turned out to be an invitation to make more room in my life for creativity!  Creativity!  Not lose 20 pounds or go to the gym every day, but make time to read books, write poetry, play my guitar, and more time to knit.

An article in the Business Insider magazine explained why it is important to daydream, and the author references the ‘two-hour rule,’ a habit that Einstein, Nietzsche, and Darwin all shared; it is simply two hours set aside per week to do nothing but think and daydream.  Daydreaming opens the door to creativity and new ideas.  It is so easy to waste two hours surfing the web or watching television, but it takes effort to spend two hours intentionally doing nothing but think and allow your mind to wander. Try it!  No tasks, no cell phones, computers or reading. YIKES! Perhaps you discover what your inner voice has to tell us about what to do with this brand-new year.  I’ll try it, because I suspect our inner voice might have more insight than a 10-question quiz on the Internet.

In his wonderful book, Let Your Life Speak, Parker Palmer wrote, “Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.”  Listen for those things that inspire you.  Notice what makes you smile or laugh or intrigues you.  As the poet Mary Oliver asked;

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

See you in church!

Rev. Cathy Harrington, Interim Lead Minister