The Practice of Contemplative Prayer
Working form home is an entirely new experience for Wisdom Ways staff. We have set up makeshift offices in our homes, learned new patterns to structure our days, set schedules throughout each week to meet virtually to plan our day-to-day work and the months ahead, and we encourage one another to eat healthy and take a walk often. We care for each other by sending a fun emoji or meme so we are not laughter deprived. We read poems and offer prayers in our virtual gatherings to tend to our grief for all that is unfolding with loved ones, friends, and the widespread disruption throughout the world. Here are some expressions shared by Wisdom Ways staff:
Being isolated at home and not being able to help welcome folks at Wisdom Ways events is a loss to yet another human connection for me. I miss the little interactions as people walk in to our programs. But when I return it’ll make the work even more important! ~Kathy Berken
It has been a real challenge to shift my work as the program support associate when we have had to cancel our programs. My key objective each day is to foster connection and help others, even in this time of isolation. This really calls us all to a whole new level of compassion. But it also provides us all with opportunities for self-reflection, re-discovering our priorities, and of course for extra cuddles form our pets. A large part of my job has always been adaption to circumstances, so I guess that is really being put to the test. I appreciate greatly the support I am receiving from the Province and my colleagues. ~Rebecca Dobias
I have a deeper appreciation for the ways in which public health connects to and is informed by spirituality. Public health emphasizes prevention and the health of the entire population – the collective. I’m able to understand that the actions we are each called to individually take in this public health crisis are also a spiritual practice of radical hospitality and love. I also understand in more ways the importance of our work at Wisdom Ways. ~Sonja Ausen
I miss being with the amazing Wisdom Ways team and participants! As hard as it was to cancel programs, I really enjoyed making some of the calls to participants to check in on them and let them know we care at Wisdom Ways! ~Kathleen Olsen
I eagerly watch for the Wisdom Ways emails Mondays and Thursdays! I continue to be grateful to be a part of the Wisdom Ways team. Shout out to Barb, Sonja and Rebecca, our fearless leaders! A neighbor gave me the idea to put these inspirations on my front door! Don’t look too closely at the coloring job! ~Gail Korel
Since March 20, Wisdom Ways has sent two e-news letters a week to stay engaged with participants and the wider community. We have several Facebook and Instagram posts each week. We have seen a 65% increase in ways people are responding to our communication. Transforming Soul and Society, our two year spiritual leadership training program, continues to meet virtually each month. When we had to cancel many programs in March and April, several generous participants requested to donate their registration back to Wisdom Ways. We are grateful for all the support!