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What Are You Noticing?

What Are You Noticing?

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By Rev. Elizabeth Rowley,
Spiritual Director
April 29, 2020

At some point on its journey, the caterpillar heeds the call to spin itself a cocoon or chrysalis where it will stay to undergo the process of metamorphosis. Within the caterpillar are imaginal cells that hold the information of the butterfly. They are latent within the cell until it is time for them to grow.

The entire world is in a cocoon right now.  We are in the middle of our metamorphosis. It’s the stage of what I call the cosmic soup.  We are not what we were and we are not yet what we will be. We aren’t sure what we are becoming or what it will be like on the other side of this, but something in us knows.  We can count on our imaginal cells to grow us.

We’ve all paused and slowed down from the fast-paced living we’ve grown so accustomed to.  The constant movement has stilled, and our consumerism has decreased tremendously, as we are quarantined at home to help flatten the curve of COVID-19.

What stirs me on a deep level is that we are living on the planet together at this time.  We each have a part to play in the evolution of humanity.  It’s up to us to search within to find our purpose.  What is the individual gift that you bring during this time?  How can you be of service?

If you’re feeling down or blue, I invite you to find a way to get into service.  Being in service puts your focus on how you can help and allows you to get out of your way.

I continue to invite the spiritual community I lead to ask the question, what am I noticing?  What am I noticing about myself? My loved ones? The world around me? And the planet in which we all live?

There’s a palpable sense of oneness as the human family walks through this together.  This Divine disruption can be rich and meaningful if you allow it to be.

If you’re feeling tired of the situation, I invite you to shift gears and move away from the sense of fatigue, into recognizing the fatigue as a call for you to stay awake.

There is a song with very relevant lyrics from the Walt Disney film Mary Poppins.  The words of which composed by Richard M. Sherman And Robert B. Sherman and are as follows:  “Though the world is fast asleep. Though your pillow’s soft and deep. You’re not sleepy as you seem. Stay awake, don’t nod and dream.”

What a powerful reminder for us all to stay awake.  Stay awake to the hope for continued goodness, compassion, and loving-kindness we’re now witnessing in our world.  Stay awake to the generosity of the unprecedented sharing of resources, and the palpable, persistent presence of the Divine.  It is here now.  Can you sense the presence of it?  Do you feel it?  Stay awake.

What are you noticing?

And so it is.

Rev. Elizabeth Rowley

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