Thursday, June 6, 2019

On Connection and the Spiritual Journey

Hello and welcome to this month's installment of Spiritual Journey Thursday, in which Ramona is rounding us up at Pleasures from the Page, on the topic of "connection."

When I think of my spiritual journey, this is what defines it: connection. Connection to something greater than myself -- to nature, to community, to a higher power.

I know I am not in charge. I don't call the shots. Yes, I make choices and decisions all the time, every day. But ultimately I am not in control. 

I am especially not in control of people, places, or things.

What a relief to hand that over to someone or something else! I can rest in that connection. I can feel loved and cared for. I can trust that everything will be okay -- because, isn't it? Even when the worst thing that can possibly happen to me HAS happened to me, I've been okay. I'm still here. And what is life, if it doesn't sometimes bring you to your knees?

This is one of my 2019 daily readers.
What helps me feel connected is daily readings, meditation, prayer, quiet time, sitting-and-watching-the-lake time, holding-hands time, long-walks time.

I also feel particularly connected when I am creating something or learning something new. Maybe this is music or art or writing. I've long considered writing a spiritual practice. And also whenever I allow myself to be vulnerable with others, or when I am engaged in service to others. That's what "connection" means to me.

Thank you, Ramona, for allowing me this opportunity to ramble -- and to connect with this lovely community. And thank YOU for reading. xo


  1. I love this! So many spiritual components to feeling connections. I love the opportunity you created for us to connect through our spiritual journeys and these monthly posts.

  2. Connections come in many varieties, Irene. Your connecting times seem to have a slow-down flavor to them. That is what I need but when I do just luxuriate in the moments, I think of all that has to be done. That is why I love yoga. It gives me undistracted time to feel unburdened.

  3. Thanks for this, Irene. Slowing down, surrendering control... these are my challenges now. Thank you for bringing them to the surface, and for the title. I love sharing books! Blessings...

  4. I practice many of the ways you do to make connections. I feel they are essential to living a full, creative life, meditation, walking, writing, serving.


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