It’s why we are moved by the pain and the joy of other beings. It’s why so many are drawn to serving others, to relieving the suffering of creation, and why even a few minutes outside can create a shift in us physically, mentally, and emotionally.We embrace the Story of Interbeing not as a way to strive for another ideal but in recognition of the truth of the connectedness we feel in our bones. The more we act from this story, the more we create a world that reflects it. The last few months have thrust us into new ways of being. Mindfulness—paying attention to the present moment, on purpose and without judgment—can help us to remain grounded and centered as we live into each moment. It can be as simple as pausing for two or three deep breaths to drop in and notice our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations, and choosing to respond with gentleness rather than react. Science tells us that we affect each other on a cellular level. The energy created from our responses and reactions, from our thoughts and words, and even from our heartbeat, touches those we encounter. Sister Ilia Delio, OSF, an American theologian specializing in the area of science and religion, says that every encounter is an act of evolution. How we live into each moment, evolve, and respond in each moment matters. May we continue to open our hearts to our connectedness and choose to live from the depth of our interbeing with all of creation.
About the author: Katie Pfiffner is a spiritual care minister for the Sisters of Charity, BVM in Dubuque, Iowa. She meets with the sisters for mindfulness meditation, Omega discussion groups (based on the work of Sister Ilia Delio, OSF), Praying into the Moment with chair yoga and breath practices, and other activities.
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