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  • Spiritual practices create balance – Mennonite Church USA
    relax me when I could not sleep After reading Julia Cameron s book The Artist s Way I began using mandalas and creative arts as my spiritual practices I mowed a labyrinth in my front yard I began journaling These tools help me connect with my inner feelings and also support a deeper connection to God They are the still points that create balance in my life When I do not make time for spiritual practices in my life then my sense of balance slips away After becoming a spiritual director I discovered my directees had the same yearnings for balance in their lives I watched as they discovered new spiritual practices which in turn brought balance to their body mind and spirit When they let those practices slip so did their sense of balance I taught these same spiritual practices to my occupational therapy clients as tools for stress management I noticed they were also struggling for balance in their lives My training as an occupational therapist and a spiritual director informed my view of seeing a whole person as body mind and spirit instead of seeing a disability or a disease process Simple breathing techniques relaxed the body by switching the body s stress response from the fight or flight mode to the rest and digest mode When I introduced these clients to breath prayers mandalas and journaling they began to notice what was happening internally with their feelings and emotions We began to have regular conversations about faith and prayer Spiritual practices became powerful tools for stress management and healing because they helped balance the body mind and spirit After I had a series of dreams about creating a deck of cards with these spiritual practices I decided to act on that dream Nine months later I

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  • balance – Mennonite Church USA
    Give Calendar Directory Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home balance Tag balance Spiritual practices create balance Posted on August 18 2015 For more than a year the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network has been posting brief articles about spiritual direction testimonies that witness to the potential of spiritual direction for encouraging and deepening spiritual growth In addition to continuing articles about spiritual direction the series will also include brief articles about spiritual practices that renew our Posted in Christian Formation Menno Snapshots Tagged balance Balance Resource Cards Deanna Waggy Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network still points Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015

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  • Balance Resource Cards – Mennonite Church USA
    Directory Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Balance Resource Cards Tag Balance Resource Cards Spiritual practices create balance Posted on August 18 2015 For more than a year the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network has been posting brief articles about spiritual direction testimonies that witness to the potential of spiritual direction for encouraging and deepening spiritual growth In addition to continuing articles about spiritual direction the series will also include brief articles about spiritual practices that renew our Posted in Christian Formation Menno Snapshots Tagged balance Balance Resource Cards Deanna Waggy Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network still points Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015

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  • Deanna Waggy – Mennonite Church USA
    Calendar Directory Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Deanna Waggy Tag Deanna Waggy Spiritual practices create balance Posted on August 18 2015 For more than a year the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network has been posting brief articles about spiritual direction testimonies that witness to the potential of spiritual direction for encouraging and deepening spiritual growth In addition to continuing articles about spiritual direction the series will also include brief articles about spiritual practices that renew our Posted in Christian Formation Menno Snapshots Tagged balance Balance Resource Cards Deanna Waggy Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network still points Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May

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  • A Message from the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network – Mennonite Church USA
    We don t try to solve problems or give advice or tell people what to do We listen and pray and hold space for others to listen for God in the midst of their lives We are often on the same spiritual journey seeking to discern where God is showing up in the midst of the struggles and pain of life We also help look for the joy and beauty that can be discovered when one sits in silence and listens for the still small voice from God Do you know someone who is questioning their relationship with God with their congregation or with the denomination Do you know someone who is trying to discern what wisdom God might be showing them through scripture Do you struggle with what Jesus would say or do in 2015 if Jesus walked into the midst of our meetings Are you grappling with questions of how the church uses power and authority or how we agree and disagree in love Whether you feel unsure about how to pray or wonder where God is in the midst of the pain of our denominational process spiritual directors are compassionate listeners who are willing to hear your questions They are humble servants who meet us on the path wherever we are Liz Budd Ellmann Executive Director of Spiritual Directors International says spiritual directors help us learn to live in peace with compassion promoting justice If you are interested in finding a spiritual director check out the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Listing If you prefer to find a spiritual director from another faith tradition start with Spiritual Directors International SDI Both sites have a list of questions to ask a potential spiritual director during an initial conversation and recommend interviewing several people to find someone who feels like a good fit Mennonites need spiritual directors now more than ever The Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network hopes our church will discover these servants in our midst who can help us all learn to live in peace and unity bringing healing and hope into our confusion and brokenness and into the pain of our world Jesus help us live in peace From our blindness set us free Fill us with your healing love Help us live in unity JD Martin Share this Facebook Twitter Email Posted in Menno Snapshots Tagged Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network Spiritual Directors International Post navigation Ted Co invite audience to Listen for Grace WeAreMenno Just Like Captain America Official comments policy for users of Mennonite Church USA s websites and other social networking tools We reserve the right to remove any comment that violates this policy The purpose of comments is to engage in constructive dialogue Please provide your own full name Be respectful If you re offering criticism focus on others ideas not their motives person character or faith Consider the log in your own eye before pressing Enter Comments are moderated Comments with any content that is deemed obscene libelous defamatory or hateful toward an individual

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  • Sitting with Jesus in the margins – Mennonite Church USA
    already shifted my soul in a profound way and for that I was grateful One of the requirements of our program was to be connected with people who live on the margins of our society whether they are elderly homeless or dying think Jesus We learned that becoming a spiritual director is not a vocational choice but a charism or calling and that distinction made a big difference in how we viewed our training Offering Spiritual Direction in Prison In 2004 I took additional training by the Colorado Department of Corrections in order to prepare to become a spiritual director at the Denver Women s Prison Since that time I have accompanied some women for a few months and some for a few years I want others to know that women in prison are much much more than the crime for which they are imprisoned There is within each of them the little girl that God created and loved into being I don t go there because they need me I go there because I need them I go there because they are more aware that they are in prison than those of us who are on the outside I go there because I cannot love what I do not know and I want to know them and see them in the way that God sees them TM is a beautiful young woman who is extremely talented and articulate When I first began to see her she wanted to get out of course they all do so she could be free to seek God I suggested that maybe her job for now was to find God within the razor wire and so her journey began She has given me permission to share the following testimony with you A Woman s Testimony God is in The smile from a stranger when you re in your darkest place The baby toad in front of you when everything else seems dead I m the sunrise with the colors that makes your very soul smile I m the perfect gust of wind when you need a fresh breath of air and in the snowflake lying perfectly upon your friend s shoulder I m in the woman who comes one day to help you along who loves you solely for who you are and always will I m the music that speaks to your heart at the very moment you need it I m the first budding leaf knowing you ll be excited to see it I m in the friend that keeps coming back and grows with you I m that contented smile you have in the most oppressive of places I m that One who catches your eye in a crowd of unfriendly faces I m that burst of hope you feel even when it doesn t make sense I m that hand that holds on to you even though you ve let go before I m the One who has loved you

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  • Connie Shelley – Mennonite Church USA
    Español Give Calendar Directory Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Connie Shelley Tag Connie Shelley Sitting with Jesus in the margins Posted on June 28 2015 For more than a year the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network has been posting brief articles about spiritual direction testimonies that witness to the potential of spiritual direction for encouraging and deepening spiritual growth Now the focus of these testimonies expands In addition to continuing articles about spiritual direction the series will also include brief Posted in Christian Formation Menno Snapshots Tagged Connie Shelley Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April

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  • Art … a place of mystery and marvel – Mennonite Church USA
    of the dark angel that says Your work is not worthy of being seen or It is not good enough I know the voice of the light angel whispering to the grass Grow grow being assured by my spiritual director a Catholic sister that this is the will of God I know from experience the strong pull of the creative spirit within me I know from my teaching days that the right brain is the artistic center and the less logical part of me My spiritual director integrates art creativity and the spiritual self Life without creativity is no life at all she says The cycle of life and the creativity of seed growth fruit harvest and consumption happen over and over for our sustenance When I trust my creative self to put paint to paper something happens for me The right brain opens up old blockages and resistances because of the very way we are made opening up channels that have been blocked by the logical left brain and by my left brained dark angel critic On the pediatric floor of the hospital where I m doing a chaplain residency the walls have been hand painted by a local artist Depicted is a colorful scene of nature children and design On a wall is the phrase When words fail art will paint the story and music will sing it Often my soul does not have the words It has only longing and groans and sighs for things yet seeking to be birthed and known Using art and combining it in spiritual direction deepens my soul work deepens my understanding of myself and deepens my spiritual growth My spiritual director tosses a koan in my direction for my reflection You know more than you know She offers me food for my soul journey by reflecting on my art pieces with me to look further in to glean more than I could have known or expressed or appreciated by myself She says Your cup can be full only if you re using your creativity So art expression is a spiritual practice for me It is an ever unfolding process that can t be fully explained a place of mystery and marvel a place to free me from the dark angel of too much logic and thought a place where my light angel beckons and says Grow create be alive see with new eyes Share this Facebook Twitter Email Posted in Christian Formation Menno Snapshots Tagged Art Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network Vera Smucker Shenk Post navigation La junta ejecutiva sienta bases para la asamblea de delegados de verano Executive Board releases resolution on Membership Guidelines Official comments policy for users of Mennonite Church USA s websites and other social networking tools We reserve the right to remove any comment that violates this policy The purpose of comments is to engage in constructive dialogue Please provide your own full name Be respectful If you re offering criticism focus on others ideas not their

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