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Why “You Are Here”?
Do you know your name? Do you know where you are? Do you know what day it is?
While most days, most of us are able to find our way to the practical answers to these basic questions medical staff use to see if their patients are “oriented,” there’s a lot about the times we live in that can leave us feeling disoriented, and disconnected. We lose track of ourselves in a deeper sense – who we are and whose we are; our place in this world, in this life, in our relationships; the call for this moment that can only be lived now.
There’s a lot we can’t know in these days, a lot that’s uncertain.
But not everything.
Even in the uncertainty, there remains a thread, a connecting force across your own life, and throughout life itself that we can connect with. A thread that holds us, and heals us, and calls us toward a life of meaning, and purpose, and joy – even when we can’t feel it, or see it. Even when we things look totally different than what we thought, and we feel totally lost. Maybe especially then.
And the good news is that there are practices and tools that will help you connect in with this thread. Practices and tools that will allow you to get re-oriented to your own life. To find yourself here. Here in this day, this moment, with these people, in this place.
Tools to get honest with yourself, and those you love. Honest about your fears and your doubts, the ways you are coping, the promises you want to make – but can’t, the ways you are trying to begin again, and again.
And, tools to see the others who are in this journey with you, and to know where they are, too. To listen for the places we each occupy, the generous places of overlap, and the vast differences in circumstances and story – and the amplified ways these differences are playing out in our country today. The ways racism and white supremacy culture keep us divided from each other, and from ourselves. The small ways we can do better as we know better.
You are here. Wherever here is, love is too. Sometimes it shows up like the breath of life, and sometimes like a hurricane. Look up, let go, step in, notice what is. With practice, we’ll find our way, together.
You can use the digital version of the Orientate Field Guide (linked below), or pick up a copy at the church, along with a container of slime. Why slime? It’s a great way to launch into being aware of your senses![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”38228″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”https://online.flippingbook.com/view/162594/”][vc_single_image image=”38230″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”www.foothillsuu.org/soulscapes”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]
What do you do when your kids are overwhelmed? Overzoomed? Over EVERYTHING?!
We have tools for you.
If you’re enjoying the You Are Here content for yourself and finding practical tools for meeting this moment, and you have young ones in your life (kids, grandkids), we encourage you to check out what Foothills Family Ministries is doing.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”38313″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”https://foothillsuu.org/for-the-whole-family/”][/vc_column][/vc_row]