By Shelby LaRue, SSP San Diego 2020 Spiritual Life Coordinator
It is easy to feel trapped in the frenzy and hype of today’s world, and self-isolation has left many feeling lonely and overwhelmed.
Take a minute to put all your distractions on hold. Go outside in your backyard, on your porch, or wherever you can find some nature. Close your eyes and listen to the wind in the tops of the trees. Feel the sunlight on your face. Notice your feet planted firmly in the ground. Where are your hands? Are they resting by your side, or clenched in stress, like mine often are?
Take time to notice your body and ignore all those overwhelming thoughts. I know I sometimes forget how to find comfort in silence.
The verse below reminds me I am not my thoughts and anxieties, but rather I am the one listening to them:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”– Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
Consider the following:
- How do you find comfort when you are stressed? What activities help you stay calm?
- Do you have any hobbies you are curious to explore?
- Can you think of any benefits of social distancing?
- What are some ways you can ease anxious or unwanted thoughts?
- How can you stay socially and spiritually active?
At Sierra Service Project, we grow our spiritual and emotional health by serving our communities. While you are in isolation, this week think of the ways you might foster a healthy lifestyle in yourself and your community. This may include strengthening your faith in new ways during social distancing, and could look like reading the Bible, practicing “breath prayers,” or reflecting on faith with family and friends over online calls.
Regardless of your preferred method to connect with the divine, we could all benefit from less “spiritual distancing” during this time. We encourage you to join the SSP family in safely cultivating spiritual connection within ourselves and our communities.
Editor’s Note: One way you are invited to join SSP in forming community and cultivating spiritual connection during this time is joining us for bedtime stories, songtime, and gathering online for fellowship. Check out our calendar of digital events for ways you can stay connected with your SSP family!