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“I’m caught in a maze and can’t find my way out, blinded by tears of pain and frustration.” ~ David.
Psalms 88:8 (The Bible)
Why is it that many of us have an almost allergic reaction to certain emotional expressions? For some it’s emotions like sadness or despair, for others it’s anger. Some even react negatively to excessive happiness.
Have you ever avoided someone whose emotional expression made you feel uncomfortable? It’s quite natural to conclude there’s something wrong with people like that. It’s much more difficult to ask why it is that we’re uncomfortable with the emotion they’re feeling. Why do we tend to avoid feeling certain things?
The growing science around emotion is fascinating. More and more experts are telling us that leaning into our feelings and the emotions of others can be healthy – very healthy. And conversely, when we refuse to acknowledge them or when we run from or block certain emotions it actually weakens us and our relationships in different ways.
What if we could learn to be more comfortable…to react differently to those problematic feelings within us and others? Our hunch is that it could lead to healthier lives and a better world.
For 4 weeks, beginning April 11th, we’re going to explore the spirituality of emotion – both from our spiritual ancestor’s perspectives and from that of modern science. Our goal is to get more comfortable with all of it.
We hope you’ll invite a friend and join us.
Though it may not have felt great at times, there’s something fulfilling about looking back at the things we’ve learned and done over the years that have caused us to change and grow as people? Especially when we can spot ways that our personal growth has caused positive change around us. It’s like we begin to see deeper purposes and meaning for our lives – that life is about more than just ourselves.
This is the spiritual process of “becoming”.
Though everyone’s journey will look different, there seem to be some common traits that the spiritual ones acquire? That catalyze “becoming”. We’re going to spend 4 weeks looking at some of these through the life of a biblical figure who experienced a incredible transformation over his lifetime and led to a huge impact on his world. We’re going to talk about a guy named Jacob.
For everyone who has at some point wondered what years in the spiritual gym should be leading you toward, this series is for you.
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