[Kelly Boys, Mindfulness Trainer] Do you ever try to escape yourself or escape from what's going on for your feelings or your thoughts? Do you ever try to basically escape from God or spirit, higher power, however you'd like to name thing that's more transcendent than you, the divine? Check this verse out from the Hebrew Bible, it's also called the Christian Old Testament, and I'd love to talk about how that links up with the wisdom of no escape, which is an aspect of mindfulness that talks about being with your experience. Psalm 139:7-10, "Where can I go from your spirit? "Where can I flee from your presence? "If I go up to the heavens, you are there. "If I make my bed in the depths, you are there. "If I rise on the wings of the dawn "and if I settle on the far side of the sea, "even there your hand will guide me. "Your right hand will hold me fast." So there's this phrase in mindfulness, it's called the wisdom of no escape. And it talks about how no matter how far away you try to get from your experience, you're always meeting yourself and your own presence and through this lens the presence of God or spirit as well. This verse reveals that we actually have no reason, even if we have the impulse to flee or escape, that we actually have no reason to escape from ourselves in the present moment because if we turn in and turn towards, what we find is that we're held or guided no matter where we are, no matter where we go, no matter who we find ourselves to be in any given moments. We can search everywhere, you know, the depths and the heights, and yet we always encounter spirit, the divine, we always encounter ourselves. So what would it be like to look at the part of you that wants to escape your experience and to also welcome in the possibility that there's this divine guidance and holding that's here for you? It's the holding of your own presence. It's the holding of spirit. What would it be like to welcome both a desire to escape and a feeling of being held, knowing that both of these things are coming and going within your experience? Let's take a moment to reflect together. So feel free to close your eyes or you can keep your eyes open. I'm gonna ask a few questions. So gently reflect and you can take this into your day but let's start here. Where are you fleeing from yourself right now, fleeing from something that's happening in your life or a difficult emotion or fleeing from the presence of God? Can you recognize and feel a holding presence, the possibility that you're held and guided? And can you allow and welcome that in in this moment, notice what it might feel like in your body? Now we'll hold both together, this desire to escape and also the knowing I'm ultimately held. Divine is holding me. I can also hold myself. Thanks for doing this reflection with me. I'd love to leave you with a thought here. It's both in seeing where we try to escape our present experience and escape God and also in seeing that we really might be held that we do find that deeper grace and rest. Thank you.
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