At a recent ACSD Training Event for New Zealand Christian Spiritual directors, I was asked to facilitate a contemplative space for the duration of the weekend. The theme was ‘Grounded’. It was a joy to see many people being able to use the space, whether they paused for 10 minutes or for an hour.
Here are the visuals and reflections, perhaps it might be helpful to someone.
Or perhaps your church, group or event could do with a space for reflection and connection with God? Let’s talk more about what it could look like.
What helps you to be ‘grounded’?
How does it feel?
Write any words or draw on the rocks and put them by the roots
if you like
What do you hear from the people you serve?
stories, emotions, joy, pain, growth, connections…
What is God doing?
Feel free to write words or draw on the paper
And weave them onto the frame.
As we honour their journeys, strength and their dance with God
You can hold a wooden figure as you pray for them
or light a candle if you like.
What do you notice in them?
How do you feel when you see them?
How does God see them?
What might they talk to us about?
Feel free to choose one to draw
or look, smell, touch it
or simply hold it in your hand as you sit
God sustain us through this earth
We were made from the dust from the earth
Things die and return to it
Things also come to life and grow from it
What feelings arises for you?
Feel free to play and pray with the sand