Gathering Our Energies

Consider the following table and ask yourself: Is there an area of my life that is dominating me at present, taking all my energy? If so, which is the area that I am neglecting most?

The thing I love   doing just because I love it

My friends,   companions, mates, the people I love to be with, who help me feel good about   myself

The people I live   with, who surround me, my household, my family, the people who belong to me   and to whom I belong

How I am learning,   growing, developing new skills, becoming more myself

 

My primary   relationship, my “significant other”, my best friend, my partner in life

The work I do to   keep “body and soul together” or “a roof over my head” or to “earn my keep”

The way I relax,   chill-out, let my hair down, let myself go

My offering of   time or effort to my church, community, or the greater good

Consider: Is there one small practical thing I can do to pay attention to the most neglected areas of my life? If I can see such a thing, why not do it? What are the excuses I make that prevent me doing it? If I was able to take that small step, make that small change, create that small difference: how would I feel?

Consider these thoughts:

The Enemy who is preventing us taking some small action is usually ourselves.

What keeps us imprisoned is our fear.

We fear change, and we fear that we will not cope if life becomes different.

God cannot feed us if we refuse what nourishes us.

God cannot guide us if we refuse to look.

As we say our timid “yes” to change, we find that God has already said “yes” to us.

Think, too, about the space in the centre.

This owes much to Susan Jeffers and Julia Cameron and other writers in the self-help genre.

Alignment:

Aligning ourselves Godward, for God’s sake alone. In gratitude that God has brought us to this moment and given us this moment and resources with which to work with the situation in which we find ourselves. This humility enables our choices and actions to become transformative, for ourselves and for others. We receive the grace of God: being filled, we become both fulfilled and fruitful.

“If then you are wise, you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than as a canal. A canal spreads abroad water as it receives it, and a reservoir waits until it is filled before overflowing, and thus without loss to itself communicates its superabundant water. In the Church at the present day we have many canals but few reservoirs.”[1]

Focusing our attention/energies in the here and now - the present moment is all we have - so as to fix the grace we have received in a specific, material form that will make a difference. Benefit others. Effect transformation.

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