I am currently sitting in a coffee shop in Portland. To be honest I don't even know which one it is... it was literally just the first available one in a downpour. So now i'm going to attempt to wrap some things up that have been going on at the Co-op this month thus far...
1. Theme: we are looking into having a contemplative life this month. Which is way cool, it's not always something that i'm the best at having. One of our folks TJ wrote something about it here. Then last week we had an evening of body prayer. Which was well timed for me personally because i had just come out of my first weekend in my Anusara Yoga immersion 2. *leave it to me to find even a yoga practice that's centered around Grace. I'm so Lutheran it hurts.* That was a wonderful service, because the use of our body's and the poses that we took allowed us some new insight into the Parable of the Sower. This week the group will dive into Taize worship. Which should be awesome I wish that I could be there for it.
I honestly have been getting quite a bit out of this month. I've even incorporated the Jesus Centering prayer (Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner) into my yoga practice... especially in the difficult poses. Or even in places of anxiety... like plane rides. ha. Regardless of where I'm using it, it's present, in my list of "go to" practices. Which is kind of awesome.
2. I am in Seattle! For ten days I am observing and drinking from a wide straw all the information that I can get out of these very very very talented and spirit driven people. My friend Nate from Buffalo, NY is here as well and we are seriously taking up anyone's time that will give it to us to ask questions and listen to stories. This setting is AMAZING one of the most beautiful places I've ever been, hands down.
plus 10 things i hate about you was shot around here. and thats a pretty cool movie. I am hoping to learn so much while I'm here, and so far thats coming easy. Co-opians.... get ready for my return ;)