The theme in worship this October is “Deep Listening.” It’s a good thing, then, that I spent a lot of time listening to myself this last summer. I listened to what my mind needed, what my body needed, and my spirit needed. Unfortunately, what they needed is not always what they want! It’s often hard to tell the difference. And sometimes they are often in conflict. My body might need to move, but my mind wants to just sit on the couch and watch Netflix! My mind might want to read the news obsessively, but what my spirit needs is to listen to some soothing music or read an inspiring book.
Learning to listen to your body, mind, and spirit, is not just about listening to what they want, but also listening to what they need. It’s a bit like taking care of a 5-year-old. The 5-year-old might want sugary cereal for breakfast, but you know that is not what they need.
So, this Fall, I invite you to listen to what your mind, body and spirit need, not just what they want. They’ll thank you later.