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Beline Obeid

Spiritual practice takes practice

Pastor's Corner


August 30, 2012
I just got my very own bicycle! I haven't had my own bike since I was 16 and that's some decades now, but moving to Grosse Pointe last year inspired me to start riding again. Of course, when you haven't been riding a bike for quite a while, you need to reacquaint yourself with how it all works. I can ride just fine but I realized I need to take it slow and re-learn some basic skills like hand signaling, handling myself well at intersections and managing car traffic in our urban setting.

Yes, I'm still a bit wobbly out there and my heart rate shoots up a bit when cars approach. I'm being real about this — it's going to take me a while to truly ride with complete ease and self confidence. But, in the meanwhile, I'm intentionally ramping myself up bit by bit and I'm approaching this whole adventure with a lightness of being with no particular pressure of getting it just right by a certain date.

This experience is reminding me that reacquainting ourselves with spiritual practices is a lot like riding a bike again after a long hiatus. First, there's the simple recognition that some form of spiritual practice would be good for us.

What would be meaningful for you — daily prayer, meditation, chanting, dancing, painting, walking, devotional reading, regular attendance at worship, attending well to friends and loved ones, serving others in the spirit of love and compassion?

After you reflect on the spiritual practice that feels right to you at this time in your life, then it's a matter of actually starting to practice it again. If you haven't prayed or meditated for a while or haven't attended worship lately, give yourself some space to get back into it. Let yourself wobble a bit as you get going on it again. But do be intentional about continuing to try, ramping yourself up bit by bit and enjoying the process, knowing that no one is judging you, not even yourself. Just relax and keep at it as you develop a true sense of spiritual practice that speaks to your soul and grounds your life in your deepest and highest held values. Remember, there's no deadline for "getting it right." But, it will take some practice.

May you live into a beautiful and meaningful spiritual practice, at any stage of your life.

Rev. Shelley Page is minister at Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church.

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