The Transition theme for the month of March is trust. Rev. Roberta will be conducting Soul Matters small group sessions on Thursday 3/5 @ 7 pm and Friday 3/6 @ 10:30 am in the Anthony Room. In order to participate, you are asked to experiment with one of these spiritual exercises in advance and come to the session prepared to talk about your experience.
Option A: Tip Toe Toward Trusting Yourself
Facing our fears takes a whole lot of self-trust. Getting over self-doubt can seem an impossible hurdle. That’s why some advise us to simply “Jump!” “Take a leap of faith,” we’re told. “Go all in!” But what if the secret path to overcoming our fears and believing in ourselves is not one big leap, but instead a bunch of baby steps? This exercise is all about those baby steps. Here’s your challenge in a nutshell:
Identify one of your core fears and then find one small way of facing it.
Or to put it another way:
Find one manageable way to build your ‘I believe in myself’ muscle!
Your options are endless. Fear that you’ll never get in shape? Forget getting back into the gym, just commit yourself to taking an hour long walk every Monday of this month. Is social anxiety your nemesis? Forget forcing yourself to go to those office parties and just make yourself invite a co-worker or two out for lunch. Terrified of public speaking? Don’t start by volunteering to do a lay sermon and instead sign up to teach a CYRE class. Doubting your courage to pursue that entrepreneurial dream you’ve had for so long? Don’t quit your job and leap in. Instead simply commit to drawing up a business plan for it this month. Been afraid to stick up for your worth at work and ask for a raise? Don’t boldly walk into your boss’ office just yet. Instead just sit down and write the raise you want on a napkin and carry it around in your pocket all month. Bottom line: No need to jump into self-trust headfirst. Just tip toe toward it instead!
Option B: A Love Letter to Life:
A Daily Reminder Why Life is Trustworthy
Our ability to trust life is related not just to what happens to us but also what we choose to focus on. So, this exercise invites us to use intentional focus to strengthen our trust in life. It’s a simple but impactful practice of writing a “love letter to life” at the end of each day. Here’s a link to an article that explains the ritual and its potential:
Try it out for a week or even two. Put your own spin on it. Come to your group ready to share your journey.
Option C: Find the Call of Trust in Black History Month
February was Black History Month. Issues of trust are woven throughout. How does one trust in a society and systems that have repeatedly broken their promises of freedom and equality? How is trust repaired at a personal level when unacknowledged microaggressions happen over and over? How does one learn to be a trustworthy ally? The list of questions goes on and on. And maybe the most important question is: “Which is your question?” Black History Month contains a call for each of us. So, as your spiritual exercise, make the time to explore and identify your unique call around racial justice and healing this month. How is Black History Month challenging you to deepen or repair trust? What “trust-work” is it asking of you?
To help you make your way, we’ve put together a list of various resources that address the relationship between racial justice and trust from a number of perspectives. Here’s the link to that document:
Take your time to go through it in any way that is helpful to you. You can engage the entire list. Or just focus on the ones that stick out. Even seek out other resources if you need. The work is one of exposing yourself to the wide terrain and then finding where your trust-work is located on the map.