Forward Friday: Practice

Recently, we’ve been talking about becoming listeners and storytellers.  Striking the balance between listening to others’ stories and sharing our own can be difficult.  We all go through seasons where we are better listeners or better storytellers.  The more gently we swing back and forth between listening and sharing, the closer we come to landing in the middle.

This Forward Friday is short and simple.

Practice.

1. Tell the story inside you.  Maybe it’s an embarrassing moment.  Maybe it’s that cute thing your kid said or your cat did.  Maybe it’s a secret that’s been weighing on you.  Whatever it is, make it honest and vulnerable.  Make it an invitation for a friend to join you in the sacred space you create with your words.

2. Listen to your friend’s story.  Listen deeply, without judgment of any kind.  Listen well, reflecting what you hear. Honor your friend’s honesty and vulnerability in return.

3. Notice where God shows up in the stories you share. Share the sacred space together.

As always, the comment box is open.

 

 

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About Laura K. Cavanaugh

I'm a writer, spiritual director, and advocate of holistic body theology.

Posted on February 1, 2013, in Community, Forward Friday, Spirituality and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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