Reflection on “STAY AT HOME”.
How Nature is helping us through during Lockdown
The words “Stay at Home” as we know only too well, mean that during this ongoing lockdown we can only venture out for specific purposes. For all of us the ability to be able to venture out for exercise has been a blessing on so many levels. Recent months and T.V. Programmes like Spring and Winter watch have encouraged us to stop and look closely at everything in our environment. During my walks I have noticed that so many people like myself are taking time to stop, look and listen and observe what we are usually too busy to notice.
Because of less traffic I have noticed a change in animal sightings, sounds and activities and I am doing this in a much more mindful way.
This has led me to a stronger sense of being One with our shared environment and given me also a greater sense of wellbeing.
On a deeper level it has helped me re-frame our present lockdown so I no longer see it as a kind of imprisonment but rather as a kind of spiritual retreat. I end with a few words from “Earth’s letter to Corona”
“YOU are having to take time to reflect on what is important in your life.
I am not here to punish you….I am here to Awaken you… Sr. Alice
Reflection on Spiritual Direction.
Spiritual Direction or Accompaniment in the Time of Covid
CHOICE It became clear early on in lockdown that most of our pilgrim sisters and brothers, already engaged in spiritual direction wished to continue. It was a matter of choosing how these meetings were to take place – shifting from face to face bodily meetings (for the time being at least) to zoom or such like encounters. After a conversation about possibilities, individuals were invited to
CHANCE a Zoom meeting and experience the associated
CHANGE in dynamics.
Over the few months that have elapsed, listening to both directees (those being accompanied) and other spiritual directors and reflecting on my own experience, I feel that Zoom is here to stay. When lockdown ends, I visualise some returning to the bodily type meetings, some happily choosing to stay with Zoom and some having a mixture of both. There is no doubt however that technology offers CHOICE, CHANCE and CHANGE and no doubt either that many of us still wish to deepen our relationship with God by being accompanied by another companion in Christ.
Personally, I am thankful for the personal challenge to embrace the technology of Zoom and affirm others who have done the same. Yes we are in lockdown but none the less ready to take the plunge and deepen our relationship with Christ. Sr. Alice.