Holy Heretic Daily Devotional-July 3: Be Still




Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Director Beth Foster

“Just like the butterfly, I, too, will awaken in my own time.” — Deborah Chaski

When we commit to, or are forced into, a season of stillness — of silence and solitude and reflection — it can be very frightening. It can feel as if nothing is happening. It can even feel as if we have given up in the pursuit of our dreams and goals and change. The reality is that there is nothing passive about a period of stillness. It is in stillness that transformation is taking place. It is in stillness that we are being made strong. It is in silence that we are listening for our own voice. It is in solitude that we find ourselves and our way. Think of this time, this time of being still that we have committed to for the month of July, as a time like that which the caterpillar enters into as it goes into its cocoon. The stillness, the solitude, the silence is preparing the caterpillar to emerge in a new season and take flight in a way it cannot even imagine in its current worm-like form. Where are we being prepared to fly during this time of rest and quiet?

Today’s Action: Sneak off to a quiet place where you can lie down for a few minutes — preferably a nice air-conditioned spot. Wrap yourself in your favorite blanket, or maybe just a light sheet since it’s the middle of summer. Imagine the blanket or sheet is a cocoon and you are wrapped inside — safe and secure and undisturbed for as long as you need to be there. Imagine your body and your soul growing strong, healing from past traumas and hurts, in this safe space. Name the events, situations, pains that are healing during this time of stillness. Name the parts of your body and soul that are being made stronger. Name what must change before you can emerge ready to fly.

Sharing: We’d love to hear about your experiences with the “cocoon meditation.”

** Don’t forget your gratitude journal at the back of your print edition of Holy Heretic!

Image: Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pupa#/media/File:Monarch_Butterfly_Chrysalis.JPG


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