In our world today, the power of the word “and” can be substantial. In the CAC post HERE (thanks for sharing this Joan!), we encourage you to scroll down to the section entitled The Shining Word “And” where it says:
Father Richard offers a contemplative practice of embracing “and.” We encourage you to read these words slowly, allowing for a “both-and” space to emerge within:
POSSIBLE ACTIVITY: as you do the “And” exercise (HERE), combining some mindfulness breathing and the embracing “and” exercise can be a great start to the hours ahead
- take a deep breath – to the count of 4 – as you move to the beginning of each phrase
- say the “And” phrase aloud while you begin the exhale
- continue exhaling all breath while contemplating this phrase
As the concluding line in the exercise says
“And” allows us to be both distinct and yet united “And” is the very Mystery of Trinity
Enjoy the day, fueled by the Spirit!
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