Happy Wednesday Reader!
Here's 1 teaching, 2 questions, and 3 resources to explore this week:
How often do you feel pressure to respond immediately?
In our urgency-driven society, it can seem like there’s never time to take a breath, to move slowly, to pause for a moment, or – dare I say it – to enjoy a nap in the middle of a workday.
But usually…there is.
Christena Cleveland, a social psychologist and public theologian had this to say on a recent podcast:
Pause for a moment and let this teaching simmer within you.
What would it feel like to "try things on" in your body before making a final decision? What might you need to say to the people around you in order to create the space for that kind of full-bodied processing?
- How is this idea – of pausing, delaying, resting, taking a moment, "trying it on" – landing in your body? What hesitations, fears, and counter-narratives show up within you?
- What stories have you been told about what could happen if you slow down, take too long a break, or ask for more time? Are these stories true to your experience? How have these stories impacted your approach to life?
- “God is a Black Woman” with Christena Cleveland (podcast)
- God is a Black Woman by Christena Cleveland (book)
- "6 Thinking Hats" (decision-making process)
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Sending you good vibes,
P.S. I'm really excited to co-host the event below with my colleague Catherine Quiring. If it sounds interesting but money is tight, no worries! We're offering it on a pay-what-you-want basis.