Happy Monday, May 22, 2023
It's good to be home.
I'm just back from 6 weeks in Ghana where I supervise fourth year nursing students doing their final practicum. It's quite an intense experience and I'm always grateful to settle back home surrounded by my own family, and my spiritual community. It's good to be home.
There is something quite special about what we have here at the Centre for Spiritual Living Kelowna. The felt sense of love, connection and belonging is a beautiful experience. I recall my early days at the Centre and the feeling of excitement when I recognized I had found my people! A place where Love is the causative force of everything. A community where I felt seen, heard, valued and most importantly, LOVED. It felt like home, and almost 20 years later, here I am. This is still my home.
This sense of community was in full force last week as a group of us gathered to make gifts for our table at the Pride Festival being held on June 10. Surrounded by rainbow fabric, sewing machines, paper cutters, laminators, scissors, stickers, pins, rainbow embroidery thread, and HUGE hearts, the room was filled with love, joy and laughter. Did it ever feel good to be in community!
Left to right: Rev. Corinne, Magda, Lori, Rev. Melody, Pam, Tracy, Rev. Jeanette, Hazel, Rev. Diane
It feels good because when we work with our hearts, our bodies release a cascade of hormones that create a sense of wellbeing. It’s that feeling of warmth, contentedness, the “flush” we feel when life is good. We are hard wired to feel it, and when we do, our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves respond in a positive way. These hormones are like a balm that soothes us and brings us back into balance. We are brought back into balance when we are connected to each other; when we work in community; when we support each other; and when we love each other. This again becomes amplified when we are working together on something that is greater than ourselves. A bigger purpose.
The Centre for Spiritual Living Kelowna is an open and affirming community. We have been actively involved with Pride for as long as we've been in existence. It is important to us. You see, this is a community that loves, and provides a safe space for everyone to belong. We don't care who or how you love. We just want you to love.
If this is something you are yearning for, if you want to find a sense of connection and belonging, consider this your invitation to the 2nd Pride Work Bee & Potluck Appie Evening this Wednesday, May 24 from 5:30pm to 9pm at Studio 9 (drop in any time between those hours). We will continue to work on gifts to give away from our booth at the Pride Festival. We had so much fun, we thought we would continue the party!
Our founder Rev. Dr. Ernest Holmes tells us that "life is not just something to be endured. It is to be lived in joy, in a fullness without limit".
That's the life I want us all to experience: fullness without limit.
Oh, it's good to be home!
Peace and blessings,
PS: Find more details about the 2nd Pride Work Bee & Potluck Appie Evening this Wednesday, May 24 on the event page, or contact Rev. Corinne Crockett at email@example.com or 250-868-9090 for more information.
If you missed yesterday’s Soul Food Sunday service titled Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, you can watch the replay and other past services on the CSLK YouTube channel.
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