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Today we continue with The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown and are talking about Guidepost #5 — Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith (get it … did you know? Oh it’s the small things that bring a smile or a groan). If you’ve missed any of our earlier discussions, you can find them by clicking on the introductory chapters, The things that get in the way and Guidepost #1 (Cultivating Authenticity), Guidepost #2 (Cultivating Self-Compassion), Guidepost #3-– Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting go of numbing and powerlessness, and Guidepost #4 — Cultivating Gratitude and Joy.
Last week in the comments I linked this Ted Talk, talking about how to make stress your friend. Of all the things last week, it elicited the most response 🙂 … even from me as I said, “#3 WHOA — I need to change the way I talk about and respond to stress.” And at the very end of the talk Kelly McGonigal references meaning and resiliency!! Like her, I have done plenty of training about stress (but for me it’s been related to being a cross-cultural worker) and I, too, feel I need to atone by getting a healthier, more God inspiring, message out there. So, here is the video and if you’re reading this in an email, click here).
If you watched this last week and want to re-watch it with someone and you are anything like me, you will sit next to them and just smile knowing what’s coming up. And when they look at you with wide eyes at different points, you can go “I know, I KNOW!”
You might wonder what this TED Talk has to do with intuition and faith. The subtitle of the chapter is “letting go of certainty.” I’m not certain you needed that video, but I intuited it would be good for you :). Like how I did that?
Brene states that another way of looking at intuition is “listening to your gut.” I’d also add as believers, it’s trusting the Holy Spirit to be at work in our lives and when we intuit something and have a track record of walking with God, to trust it is from God. Anyone else been there with the polling of people? And trying to get other’s opinions? What areas might you have seen yourself poll more than you needed on the field?
“Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.” This definition speaks to me.
I’m going to go out on a bit of a limb and share something that drives me nuts and I know not all of you are going to agree with me. In Christian circles, it pushes my buttons when people hide behind “God language” and say things like “God told me to tell you ….” instead of saying, “Hey, there’s something I need to tell you. When you are late for team meetings (or make fun of the locals or never have money on you when we go out to eat), it bothers me. I mean like A LOT. Could you ….?”
I see the “God language” as a way to create certainty, instead of leaning into and owning the uncertainty.
Brene mentioned “When I’m really scared or unsure, I need something right away to clam my cravings for certainty.” What have you found that helps you calm your craving for certainty? I’ll share mine in the comments 🙂
What else got stirred up in your thoughts and soul this week as you read?
Until the comments … Amy
P. S. Congrats to Elisa and Alex on winning copies of Mary DeMuth’s Not Marked
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