Friday Favorites is a series where I share my favorite finds and discoveries from the week, all centered on spirituality and intention in travels and daily life.
Well, we’ve made it to Seattle! It’s so great to finally be here, and as the days of unpacking continue, my desire to settle in is stronger than ever. But this time around, settling in feels a bit different. As opposed to times in the past, settling in here seems less focused on getting things sorted so that my life can begin, and more centered on settling in so that my life here can slowly unfold, whatever that might look like. It reminds me of my word for the year—sink in. I’m ready to sink into this place, sink into whatever is next, sink into what I’m learning, and sink into this home that I’m turning into a Sacred space (more on that soon).
When I read Christine Valters Paintner’s new poem that she recently shared on her blog, entitled, “Please Can I have a God,” my desire to sink in shone brightly again, and the stanza above especially rang true. There is something so beautiful in the seeming-paradox of finding comfort within mystery—something so intimate yet so transcendent—and I think it perfectly expresses the meaning behind sinking in. While settling in implies stagnancy, sinking in speaks of slowly and fully going deeper—toward my true self, toward the Divine, and toward the mystery that only brings us closer.
Below is one of my favorite quotes from Christine’s reflection on her poem. Click the link to read the full poem and post.
Please Can I Have a God at Abbey of the Arts
“When I am struggling with my humanness, I feel some disdain toward statements encouraging me to have faith or hope. Not that I reject those stances in life, but the advice always feels like it is moving me away from the opportunity to really experience the grief that is visiting me.What if instead of my needing to move toward faith, I invited God toward my pain and sorrow?”
MORE FAVORITES AROUND THE WEB
The Enneagram and Blogging: Type Two at leighkramer.com
I’m a huge fan of the Enneagram personality system (something I mention in my book), and with the addition of being a blogger, I’ve so enjoyed reading Leigh Kramer’s new series on the Enneagram and blogging. She’s outlining each type in the series through the lens of a blogger, and when I read the post on type two, I wanted to raise my hand and say, “YES! That’s me! You said it so well!” (Actually I did do that in the comments.)
Declutter Your Life with Oprah Magazine and Be More with Less at Be More with Less
I’m on my fourth (and far from final) day of unpacking and organizing here in our new Seattle home and, needless to say, with all this stuff still surrounding me in boxes and piles, I’m definitely in the mood to declutter and minimize. I’ve been following Courtney Carver of Be More with Less for a while now (read my Twitterature review of one of her books here) and, as a fellow online entrepreneur, I was so excited to find out her work is featured in the next issue of Oprah Magazine! What is it, you ask? Project 333: “A minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months.” I’m intrigued. Do you think you could do it?
Oasis Decor at Dear Abby Leigh
“Each morning I shift blurry-eyed from bed to sit on the settee and write a few words with my hands before my brain wakes up to stop me. What could have been in anyone’s entryway is now the cornerstone of my oasis. It’s a sacred place to start the day, a new routine I can’t believe I ever lived without.”
I’m loving how my dear friend Abby is bringing her morning ritual to life. Perhaps we should do a post soon on creating Sacred spaces, too…
Our Sacred Scared Series at Momastery
“Our sacred scared is our deepest fear—the one we hide because we think that if anyone knew about it they wouldn’t love us anymore. What we find when we share our sacred scared is that it’s the very thing we should be sharing more. Because our sacred scared is the key that unlocks our humanity. When we share it, people love us more because we’ve given them permission to love themselves more. Sharing our sacred scared is like handing a world full of messy, waiting people an invitation to show up as they are.”
Loving this series from Glennon Doyle Melton. It’s such a relief to know that we are not alone in our “sacred scared.” Find more posts in the series (going on now), including a sacred scared confession from one of my favorite women making waves online, Rachel Held Evans, at momastery.com.
Since I knew I’d be plenty busy at the beginning of this week with moving in and all, I put A Sacred Journey posts on hold and took some time away from the Internet world to begin settling in. However, I did chronicle our drive up the West Coast on Instagram! Above are shots of some of my favorite moments from the journey.
When it came time to start posting again, our Pilgrim in Residence Mallory Larsen’s post on celebrating with intention on Thursday was a great reminder to celebrate the life we left behind and the new life ahead of us as we begin this next chapter.
How have you practiced spirituality and intention in your travels and daily life this week?