Commitment to CommUNITY, Birdie Shawker, Communications and Activities Coordinator, Unity of SA
Are you feeling a little “commitment phobic” when it comes to spiritual community?
I asked this question last Sunday when I had the opportunity to speak about membership. The question garnered quite a bit of laughter. This tells me that this discomfort, or “commitment phobia” is common.
I know I periodically experience it, even after fifteen years of working in one capacity or another for Unity spiritual communities, and countless hours of volunteer work. Even as an L.U.T. candidate!
And you know what? My instructors, mentors, and my sponsoring minister seem to have a radar for it. They all say the same thing to me when it happens. Sometimes I’ll have many assignments I am working on, projects at work, and then along comes one more task that seems too challenging, or potentially time consuming. Am I taking on a commitment that will consume too much of my time? What if I burn out? (Basically, I start to inwardly “freak out.”) They see the color drain from my face, and you know what they all say?
So, I take a deep breath, realizing I was so wrapped up in my concerns – I’d been holding it! This helps every single time, and as time passes, I require less reminders to do so.
What I learned recently, after some exquisite prayer support, is every breath is an opportunity to realize: I was called by my Inner Wisdom to that moment.
Or not. There is such a thing as overdoing. But how is it possible to know the difference if I hold my breath, inwardly “freak out” and try to run away from an uncomfortable feeling?
That’s not the answer, that’s giving a feeling power over me. It’s far better to negate that by breathing into the feeling so I can discern exactly what’s going on, and give that feeling it’s proper name, rather than just try to avoid vague discomfort.
What I think happens is – sometimes, I confuse that discomfort with another sensation. Feeling uncomfortable is not the Truth in Commitment to Community or Sacred Service for that matter.
The Truth is that sometimes I experience a sensation of “stretching.” And stretching? Oh, that’s a good thing! It’s the spiritual secret sauce! Stretching is necessary for spiritual growth!
So, I invite you to lean into any feelings of discomfort surrounding membership at Unity of SA, or Sacred Service. Breathe. Discern if this is a stretch for you. Consider the idea that you might be ready for some spiritual growth.
It also helps to make an informed decision about Commitment to CommUNITY, and we have opportunities galore for that!
First, we have Sacred Service opportunities for you. This is one of the requirements for membership, so why not dive in once or twice a month? We need of sales clerks in the bookstore right now. Click here to sign up or contact us so we can continue to offer this important community service.
Or if you aren’t feeling quite ready to dive into Sacred Service right away, come to our Newcomer Reception on September 17. Click here to learn more.
And in October, there’s a New Member Orientation being planned for October 15, at 12:30 p.m. So save the date NOW! Attending does not obligate you to become a member, but is a requirement for membership. If you are thinking of joining, but are not certain yet, this is a great opportunity for you to get an overview of what we are all about at Unity of SA, AND meet one of the membership requirements at the same time!
I’m here to walk the path to membership with you, so don’t hesitate to reach out to me with your questions! Click here to contact me.