Today’s Bible reading
“Yahweh your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing” (Zep. 3:17 NIV).
“He will exult over you with loud singing” (RV).
“He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy” (NASV).
“He will dance with shouts of joy for you as on a day of festival” (JB).
More thoughts for meditation
When we resist the disintegration customary of the soul of shame, one byproduct is that we establish space for enhanced creativity. For when the mind is more integrated, it is less distressed. We then have more access to energy for creative endeavors, energy that was being used previously to manage and regulate shame’s interpersonal, neurobiological networks. In practical terms, the degree that we are able to ferret out shame in whatever vocational institution we occupy, whether parenting or piloting, we will be more effective and more creative in that domain, not least because we are working to reduce our fear of taking risks, fear rooted in our anticipation of making some relationally catastrophic mistake, fear fueled by shame.
Suggestions for action
Go ahead and paint that “bad” watercolor, write the “trite” poem, sing even though you don’t know who will hear you. An increase of creativity follows the diminishment of shame — likewise, being creative might decrease shame. Let’s try it and find out. God at least will see and hear you.
Today is Teresa of Avila Day! One of the great “Doctors of the Church” direct from her interior castle. Let her lead you at Celebrating Our Transhistorical Body.