“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”
— Brené Brown
As we travel deeper into the Dark Wood this Lent, and let go of our compulsion to be in control in the midst of uncertainty, we might move further into a sense of emptiness. If we pay attention to our own experiences, vulnerability can actually be a place of new birth. How can we grow deeper in faith and trust when our first reaction to vulnerability is to force a sense of control or flee?
Becoming an instrument of God’s peace that responds to God’s love instead of reacting to our fears is a lifelong journey. But this season of Lent, today and right now, can become one of many “aha!” awakenings. I encourage you to focus on the simple practice of attending to your breath. Whenever you feel fearful, take a deep “Second Breath Prayer,” let go with a deep sigh (empty yourself), and open your eyes to the amazing way of grace all around.
Here is today’s meditation by Richard Rohr.
When we intentionally open ourselves to be instruments of God’s Peace that passes understanding, we become leaven for the Body of Christ.
Grace and peace on the journey,