Dealing with our Past: Genogram & Generational Sin – Week of 1/16-1/22

The goal of the Genogram Workbook is to review key events in your family history and identify generational sin, brokenness, relational patterns, and inherited values.

• Take out your Genogram Workbook. The first step is to fill out our Genograms, going back as far as we can (ideally 3-4 generations). For now, just fill in names, and we’ll add symbols next week.

• On page 2, there’s a list of questions to help you navigate the next few weeks of Practice. Don’t feel like you need to answer them all. Maybe tackle a few each week. Each week, you’ll start to have “aha” moments of revelation. When those come, write them down in a journal or your workbook, and share them with somebody in your Community.

• Once you have your genogram done, there are four exercises to do over the coming week.

Note: The following four exercises are found on pages 3 – 4 of your Genogram Workbook.

EXERCISE 1: KEY EVENTS

• Fill out the four boxes of key events:

• In “Trauma” write in any traumatic moments in your own life – the death of a parent or sibling, a divorce, growing up in poverty (or wealth), a childhood disease or accident, moving often, etc. You’re looking for key events that shaped you in ways you might not yet have realized.

• In “Redemptive Moments” write in any redemptive moments in your own life – getting saved in high school, getting into your dream college, your parents getting sober, moving to a new city or school where you discovered something you loved, a best friend, etc. You’re looking for key events that Jesus has used for good in your life.

• In the second column, do the exact same thing, but for your family going back 3-4 generations. Under “Trauma”, put things like the premature death of a grandparent, a family scandal, etc.

• Under redemptive moments, put things like an ancestor coming to follow Jesus, etc…

• Remember: you’re trying to identify key events that may have played a shaping influence on you who you are and who you have become.

EXERCISE 2: GENERATIONAL SIN

• List out any generational sin in your life and in your family going back 3-4 generations. For example, things like alcoholism, fits of rage, adultery, abuse, etc.

• If you feel safe, this can be a healthy conversation to have with a sibling, parent, or grandparent.

• When you finish your list, before you move on, ask the Father, “Are there any generational sins I’m missing here?”

• Pause for a moment and remember the death of Jesus on your behalf, to “forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1v9)

EXERCISE 3: GENERATIONAL BROKENNESS

• List out any generational brokenness in your life and in your family going back 3-4 generations.

• “Brokenness” is a much larger category that includes anything outside of what God intended in the beginning. These are not necessarily issues of morality or right and wrong. For example, things like premature death, disease, infertility, miscarriages, addiction, obesity, mental illness, eating disorders or unhealthy relationships with food, poverty, wealth,or cult practices such as Freemasonry or Scientology, etc.

• When you finish your list, before you move on, ask the Father, “Is there any generational brokenness I’m missing here?”

• Pause for a moment and remember this line from Paul’s letter to the Romans: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8v28)

EXERCISE 4: GENERATIONAL SINS AND BROKENNESS THAT I CARRY FORWARD

• Now it’s time to put it all together.

• Look over your lists of generational sin and brokenness. Write down anything that you carry forward in your own life.

• Spend some time in prayer over each item on the list. Make time to confess these before the Father, asking God for forgiveness or asking for and receiving His grace.

• Ask the Father, “Is there anything you want to say about these sins in my life” Remember, conviction is from the Holy Spirit, but shame and guilt are never from God. Silence the voices of shame and guilt in your heart and mind.

• Pause for a moment and sit in this declaration of God’s name from Exodus: “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” Realize that the number one description of God’s character is “compassionate.” Sit in the reality that God’s baseline emotion toward you is mercy.

• If you’re up for it, share this list with your Community or a close friend that you trust. Don’t go on this journey alone!

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Additional resources (sample genogram, digital guide and workbook, relevant reading, list of local counselors, and coping skills), can be found at www.redemptionchurchga.com/mcguides

Content adapted from practicingtheway.org

 

 

Spring 2022 MC Overview

Last Fall we intentionally built our rhythms as a church around investing in and cultivating the most crucial component of our apprenticeship to Jesus: “being with Jesus”. Together we intentionally practiced silence and solitude, abiding in Jesus, casting our cares on Jesus, and reading the Bible for transformation. As we enter the new year and transition to the Spring “semester” we don’t want to leave those practices but build upon them. So we will be making space and implementing rhythms to help us in another significant component in our apprenticeship to Jesus: becoming like Jesus.

Whether we care to admit it or not, our lives have been significantly shaped by external influences: family, friends, school, church, culture, etc…. For most of us, the greatest shaping influence on our life has been our family of origin. And no matter how healthy or unhealthy our families and childhood experiences have been, at some level every family experience involves function and dysfunction (health and unhealth). As a result, each of us has inherited ways of thinking and living from our family of origin and culture that are out of sync with the way of Jesus. Our hope for the Spring is that 1) God would be glorified as 2) The Holy Spirit uses the season to shape and form us in a way that we become more like Jesus, and 3) that we would experience greater wholeness, joy and freedom in Christ as we deal with our past with both honor and honesty.


 

 

Spring 2022 Missional Community Calendar

Emphasis: Becoming Like Jesus: Dealing with Our Past

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1/2: Wreck the Halls, 4pm

1/9-1/15: MC Party & Calendar Meeting

1/16-1/22: Practice 1

1/23:  Members Meeting Banquet

1/23-1/29: Recreation +

1/30-2/5: Practice 2

2/6-2/12: Practice 3

2/13: MC Super Bowl Party

2/19: Envision One Day

2/20-2/26: Off (Optional Rec Week)

3/5: Spring Workshop 9am-1pm, Practice 4

3/6-3/12: Discussion: Practice 4 Debrief

3/13-3/19: Recreation +

3/20-3/26: Practice 5

3/27-4/2: Recreation +

4/3-4/9: Off (Optional Rec Week)

4/10-4/16: Off (Optional Rec Week)

4/17: Easter Sunday

4/17-4/23: Recreation

4/24-4/30: Practice 6

Practice 8: Week of 11/14

READING THE BIBLE FOR COMMUNAL TRANSFORMATION

BEFORE YOU START

We have found it helpful to take a few moments before you start to overview the upcoming month for your MC (both MC plans and Redemption Church rhythms) 

BEGIN WITH SILENCE AND PRAYER (5 MINUTES)

Gather together as a Community in a comfortable setting (around a table, on the couch, the floor of a living room, etc.). Invite the Holy Spirit to lead and guide your time together before spending a brief moment in silence. 

DEBRIEF LAST WEEK’S PRACTICE (10-15 MINUTES)

If you are in a Community of seven or more, feel free to divide into small groups of 3–4 people each.   

Spend a few minutes catching up before you discuss the following debrief questions:

  1. How did reading the Bible go for you?
  2. Was it easy or difficult? 
  3. What did you glean or take away?
  4. If you didn’t do it, what would it take to make time and space for it?

READ THIS OVERVIEW (5 MINUTES)

If anyone missed last week, be sure to read this through for them

Our aim for this Fall has been to take part together in the most important component of our apprenticeship to Jesus – being with him. And so each of the practices we have taken part in this Fall has been about setting aside time and space to do just that – being with Jesus.

  • silence & solitude: slowing down and calling our attention the reality of God’s nearness to us and with us
  • abiding: making space & time to actually call our hearts & minds to learn or relearn how to remain in that reality
  • emotional awareness: growing in awareness of our own hearts and emotional state and then being honest about it before God and one another
  • casting cares: taking Jesus up on his invitation to bring him our burdens in exchange for his peace

For practices seven and eight the goal remains the same –  the practices are built to facilitate being with Jesus – specifically through time reading and reflecting on the Bible. Most of us are familiar and comfortable with the concept of reading the Bible, however many of us wrestle with being formed by what we are learning. That’s why we have opted to take on the practice of lectio divina. Lectio divina has been used as a method of devotional Bible reading in the Christian church since the 6th century. Lectio divina is not meant as a replacement of Bible study or sound biblical hermeneutics, rather it is best used in a complementary partnership with Bible study to help us get what we are learning into our hearts and hands. The practice consists of five distinct movements: Preparing, Reading, Reflection, Response, Rest. Last week we did this practice as individuals, but this week we will modify the practice as we will do it through a collective/corporate lens.

THE PRACTICE (30  MINUTES)

Take a few moments between each step to let them know what will be happening and what’s being asked of them for that time/space. This week will be slightly different than Practice 7 in two ways. First, the aim isn’t so much to reflect on the passage as an individual but as a community. For example, rather than asking, “what does this mean for me?”, ask, “what does this mean for us?”. Second, you will be doing two passages, so the order of the lectio is modified.

  1. Prepare to meet with God: Turn your phone off and leave it in another room. Take 30-60 seconds together to quiet yourselves before God as you work to prepare your heart to receive what God has spoken, and to respond accordingly. Finally, invite the Holy Spirit to guide your thinking and feeling as you read.
  2. Read text #1: Have someone read Acts 2:17-24 passage aloud – two times through. As you move through the text, pay close attention to what words and ideas draw your attention in unique ways – specifically in regard to your community
  3. Reflect #1: Have everyone read the text silently one more time and spend 2-3 minutes. Jot down the words or phrases that stood out to you in regard to the life or season of your community? Feel free to discuss with one another for a few minutes.
  4. Read text #2: Have someone read Acts 2:41-47 passage aloud – two times through. As you move through the text, pay close attention to what words and ideas draw your attention in unique ways – specifically in regard to your community
  5. Reflect #2: Have everyone read the text silently one more time and spend 3-5 minutes reflecting on the following questions: 
    1. Which words or phrases stand out to you in regard to the life or season of your community? 
    2. Is there anything we need to know, or be, or do in light of the text? 
    3. What does this mean for us? 
  6. Respond: Take 5-10 minutes to discuss a,b,c together. Take a few moments to pray together specifically about your experience. Are there any concrete steps you all need to take, be sure to make plans.

CLOSE IN PRAYER (10 MINUTES) 

 

 

Practice 7: Week of 11/6

READING THE BIBLE FOR INDIVIDUAL TRANSFORMATION

BEGIN WITH SILENCE AND PRAYER (5 MINUTES)

Gather together as a Community in a comfortable setting (around a table, on the couch, the floor of a living room, etc.). Invite the Holy Spirit to lead and guide your time together before spending a brief moment in silence. Hardness of hearing is an unfortunate side effect of the frenetic pace in which many of us conduct our lives. When your community comes together in the hopes of speaking to and hearing from God, even a momentary measure of silence can work to slow and silence the swirling chaos around us, that we might hear what God is saying in and through one another.

GROUP DISCUSSION: (10 MINUTES)

1. Do you enjoy reading the Scriptures, or does it feel like a chore? Why?

2. When you read the Scriptures, do you feel as though you actually meet with and connect with God? Why or why not?

READ THIS OVERVIEW (5 MINUTES)

Our aim for this Fall has been to take part together in the most important component of our apprenticeship to Jesus – being with him. And so each of the practices we have taken part in this Fall have been about setting aside time and space to do just that – being with Jesus.

● silence and solitude: slowing down and calling our attention the reality of God’s nearness to us and with us

● abiding: making space and time to actually call our hearts and minds to learn or relearn how to remain in that reality

● emotional awareness: growing in awareness of our own hearts and emotional state and then being honest about it before God and one another

● casting cares: taking Jesus up on his invitation to bring him our burdens in exchange for his peace

For practices seven and eight the goal remains the same – the practices are built to facilitate being with Jesus – specifically through time reading and reflecting on the Bible. Most of us are familiar and comfortable with the concept of reading the Bible, however many of us wrestle with being formed by what we are learning. That’s why we have opted to take on the practice of lectio divina. Lectio divina has been used as a method of devotional Bible reading in the Christian church since the 6th century. Lectio divina is not meant as a replacement of Bible study or sound biblical hermeneutics, rather it is best used in partnership with Bible study to help us get what we are learning into our hearts and hands. The practice consists of five distinct movements: Preparing to meet with God, Reading, Reflection, Response, Rest. This week we will be practicing this as individuals.

VIDEO PROMPT (3 MINUTES)

THE PRACTICE (15 MINUTES)

Using Psalm 1, read and move slowly through each of the five movements.

1. Prepare to meet with God: Turn your phone off and leave it in another room. Situate yourself comfortably in a quiet, solitary place. Calm your body and quiet your mind before God as you work to prepare your heart to receive what God has spoken, and to respond accordingly. Finally, invite the Holy Spirit to guide your thinking and feeling as you read.

2. Read: Read the passage slowly and carefully, read the passage three times. Take your time. As you move through the text, pay close attention to what words and ideas draw your attention in unique ways. When your focus is drawn to a particular word or thought, pause and reflect.

3. Reflect: Upon completing the passage, return to the beginning and read one more time. On your fourth journey through the text, allow the text to connect with you personally. Which words or phrases resonate with your heart, your season of life, your person in this moment.

4. Respond: Talk to God about your experience. This is a time to connect with God, asking questions that might arise or listening for insight from the Spirit.

5. Rest: Pause to sit in God’s presence before fleeing from the moment. You might express wonder, awe, gratitude, or praise through words, or you might allow yourself to feel and experience these things quietly before God. This is a step of waiting on God without resistance.

Note: It can be helpful to write your word or phrase somewhere and take it with you as a reminder for the week.

GROUP DISCUSSION: (10-15 MINUTES)

1. What word or phrase did you reflect on in your time?

2. What do I need to know, or be, or do in light of the text?

3. Name one step you can take this week to move from “heart to hand”.

4. Make a plan to read Psalm 1 five days this week.

CLOSE IN PRAYER (10 MINUTES)

 

Practice 6: Week of 10/17

PRACTICE SIX: CASTING CARES WITH A FEW OTHERS

For practice six we will be meeting together in smaller groups of 2-3 within our missional communities to share our experiences from the workshop and take part in a modified version of the practice.

PRAYER

Take a moment to open with prayer, thanking our loving Father, welcoming the Holy Spirit’s work in each of you, and giving thanks for the invitation from Christ to bear our burdens.

WORKSHOP FOLLOW-UP (20 min)

At the workshop, we walked through releasing burdens/casting cares
1. Was the practice new to you or something you had done before? If so, feel free to share.

2. How would you describe your experience with the practice this time?

3. What did you find most valuable about the practice? Feel free to take a moment to share a few of the core burdens, anxieties, or fear you “cast” upon Jesus?

4. Have you found yourself having any trouble with “picking things back up”, or are you currently experiencing the weight of any particular burden, anxiety, or fear?

SCRIPTURE & DISCUSSION (20 min)

Read Matthew 6:19-33, Matthew11:28-30, Hebrews 4:14-16
1. What do learn about who God is and what He does/has done from each of these passages?

2. What do learn about who we are and how we should live from each of these passages?

3. What value is there in reading these passages in concert with one another – particularly as you worked through the first two questions?

4. Is there anything that strikes you about Jesus’ character or personality from these verses that you may normally or subconsciously operate unaware of?

EXERCISE (20 minutes)

(Do individually and return with one another for debrief)

1. Getting Still & Quiet: Set aside your phone/watch and settle in and begin with a few minutes of intentional breathing and silence.

2. Invite the Holy Spirit to speak and bring clarity:
• to reveal to you areas of personal or relational fear/anxiety.
• to show you areas of fear/anxiety associated with the present or future.
• Take your time and wait on the Holy Spirit. • Ask the Father to reveal any areas of unbelief in your life where you don’t believe the Father will care for you.

3. Write: Jot down and list these anxieties/fears down on a piece of paper. Take a few minutes to reflect on what you have written.

4. Release your burdens: Pray and visualize yourself with the Father, and then, one by one, imagine giving (handing) each anxiety to Jesus. Take your time with this.

• This exercise should create a mental snapshot of Jesus doing exactly what He says He will do (Ps. 55:22; Matt. 6:25-26). By handing Jesus your anxieties you are expressing your trust in His ability to take care of you.

5. Exchanging Burdens: Fold your paper in half and write down, “I am not what I do. I am not what I have. I am not what others say of me. I am the beloved of Jesus.”

DEBRIEF (20 min)

1. What was your experience with the practice this time around? Take time to share openly and honestly with one another.

2. In what ways might you return to the practice when anxieties reappear (on a smaller scale)?

3. Take some time to share with one another how the others in this group could
• love and serve you well when you are wrestling with burdens/anxiety/fear?
• encourage you to make space and time to be with Jesus in those moments?

Practice 5: Workshop Debrief

Intro

During our workshop, we spent time practicing giving our anxieties to Christ. Today we’re going to spend a bit of time praying, reading the Bible, practicing, debriefing the workshop, and speaking into the lives of one another.

Pray

Begin with prayer, inviting the Holy Spirit to lead and guide your time together.

Open the Scripture

Have somebody read the following texts:

• Romans 12:2

• Psalm 56:3-4

• Matthew 11:28-30

What does Scripture say we can do with our fears and anxieties?

Practice

Spend a few minutes responding to the following prompt.

I am not ____________________________ — I am ___________________________ (Ex. “I am not the sum of my feelings or emotions — I am beloved by God”)

Debrief

1. What was your experience at the workshop, would you share something that you noticed?

2. In what ways might you return to the practice from the workshop if and when anxieties reappear?

3. Throughout the week did you do anything that reminded you of your identity in Christ?

4. How can we encourage one another as a community?

Make a Plan

Next week we’ll be practicing as DNA’s instead of a large MC gathering. Before you leave, find 1-2 other people to meet with and schedule a time to meet. A DNA guide will be posted online. 

Practice 4: Week of 9/26

PRACTICE 4

As you begin, take a few moments to pray as a missional community and invite the Holy Spirit to lead and guide your time together.

Eat & Debrief 25 min
While eating dinner, spend a few minutes catching up on life and then talk about the following debrief questions. If your group is larger than 7, you may find it beneficial to split into groups of 3-5 for this portion, “open the Bible together”, and “discussion questions” at the end.

  1. How did it go this past week?
  2. Was it easy or difficult to “let yourself feel”?
  3. Did you feel comfortable being honest with the Father about your emotions?
  4. What did “processing” those emotions with the Father look like for you? (If you did not get here last week, that is ok, no need to feel any pressure)

Open the Bible together 10 min
Have someone read Psalm 13 & 30:1-5 and talk about the following questions:

  1. What are some of the emotions you see present in the Psalms we’ve read?
  2. Notice the repetition of the phrase, “How long?” in Psalm 13; are there feelings that you have held onto for long periods of time?
  3. Are you able to name your emotions like David did in these Psalms?

The Explanation & Prompt 10 min
Watch the video prompt together as a group.

1. Put away your phone or any other distractions, settle into your time/place with a” Breathing Prayer” (this is just a fancy term for ↓)

• Close your eyes. Take long, deep, slow breaths. Release the constant chatter in your mind. Let each thought go as quickly as it comes, and just focus on your breathing.

2. Take a few moments to “Abide”. Focus your mind and heart on the reality of God’s nearness and that if you are a follower of Jesus, you have been given the Holy Spirit.

  • This is a good exercise regardless of whether we feel anything or not.
  • If you have trouble, it may be helpful to say/write something like, “God, you are here with me, thank you that you are good”. Stay here as long as it takes to be able to remain/abide/hold on to this truth.

3. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead as you take a moment to “Self-Reflect”. It’s helpful to ask yourself a few questions: “What am I experiencing now?”; “What have I been experiencing lately?”; “What is/has been going on in my heart and mind?”.

    1. God is not interested in falsehood or pretense.
    2. Let yourself feel. What emotions rise to the surface, big or small?
    3. Name “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of your emotional state.
    4. Don’t run away from what you’re feeling.
    5. Remember: our emotions aren’t something to avoid. Instead, they are a place to meetGod and open yourself up to him in new ways.
    6. Acknowledge the full truth about “where you are” and “what you feel” with God. Honestly share this with the Father. Sit with it for a moment, knowing that he hears and is present and desires intimacy with us in both our most joyful and darkest moments.

• If you find yourself struggling here, it may be worth returning to step 3 and reading Psalm 23 and sitting with it, and then re-entering steps 4 and 5.

4. Share your heart and process with the Father. There is no script for this, but the idea is to pour out/unpack your heart/what’s going on with God.

5. Invite the Holy Spirit to make known the heart of the Father for us, along with clarity or wisdom. There is no need to rush or force this. We can trust the Spirit is at work in and among us more deeply and long before and after this prayer.

The Practice 15 min
Dismiss everyone to go find a spot for the practice. Return to the same group you debriefed with.

Work through these discussion questions 10 min

  1. What did you find easy or difficult?
  2. Did you feel comfortable being vulnerable with the Father about your emotions?
  3. What did “processing” those emotions with the Father look like for you?

Close in prayer 5 min ______________________

Tips for the Coming Week

1. This is the type of practice that might take some time. Emotions can be hard, and naming them can be confusing. If you are having a difficult time putting a name to your emotions try using a “feelings wheel” to better define your emotions.

2. Keeping a journal can also be helpful for learning to name and understand emotions.

3. Lean on your community in times of difficulty, celebrate with them in times of joy!

 

Practice 3: Week of 9/19


Practice 3: Emotional Awareness

Overview

Human beings are emotional creatures. We feel, deeply at times. Sadly, American church culture can be quick to write off “feelings” or “emotional health.” But Jesus puts on display a high level of emotional awareness. For Jesus, emotions – positive or negative – are places to meet with God. The goal of practice three is to grow our awareness of our own feelings and practice processing each one with the Father.  

Prayer 

As you begin, take a few moments to pray as an MC and invite the Holy Spirit to lead and guide your time together.

Debrief 10 min

Talk through the following debrief questions:

  1. How have you been keeping up with your practicing silence and solitude? 
  2. What did you experience in silence and solitude?
  3. What was the best part? The hardest part?
  4. What barriers did you experience? What would help you better navigate those?

Open to the Bible together 10 min

Have somebody read Luke 22:39-46

Talk about the following questions:

  1. What did Jesus do with his deep emotions of sorrow and dread? What kind of example does that set for us who want to be with Him?
  2. What was the result of Jesus recognizing his emotions and then giving them over to the Father in prayer?
  3. What are some of the reasons that we, like Jesus’ apprentices in the story, have a hard time meeting God in our emotions, specifically our negative emotions?

The Explanation & Prompt 15min

A few notes before beginning:

  • Notebook/something to write could be helpful this week
  • You will get into groups of 2-3 for “debrief”. Go ahead and select who/where before you start the video prompt. 
  • It will be helpful for people to be able to have a physical copy of the guide both for practice and the debrief questions after.
  1. Put away your phone or any other distractions, settle into your time/place
  2. “Breathing prayer”: this is meant to help us slow down and disconnect from distractions
  • Close your eyes; Take long, deep, slow breaths; Release the constant chatter in your mind. Let each thought go as quickly as it comes.
  1. “Abide”: God has given followers of Jesus the Holy Spirit. Abiding is acknowledging and tuning our own hearts and mind into the reality that God is here with us in this moment. 
  2. “Self-awareness”: Ask yourself a few questions: “What am I experiencing now?”; “What have I been experiencing lately?”; “What is/has been going on in my heart and mind?”. 
  • What emotions rise to the surface, big or small? 
  • You might feel joy, gratitude, sadness, emptiness, fatigue, worry, shame, conviction, or any number of perceived positive or negative emotions.
  • Name “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of your emotional state. Don’t run away from what you’re feeling. 
  • If you find this exercise to be difficult, you may find it helpful to jot down a few prompts and then finish the sentence. Here are few examples:
    • This week I was happy when …
    • I felt angry this week when …
    • I’m discouraged or disappointed about…
    • I am feeling…
  1. Pray: Get it all off your chest. Give whatever you are feeling over to God – the good, the bad, and the ugly. No filter. The point here isn’t to be good, but to be honest. 
  • Different emotions call for different kinds of prayer. 
  • If you’re happy – celebrate! Sing! Dance! 
  • If you’re grateful, tell God what for with specificity. 
  • If you’re anxious, give your worry over to the Father and ask for his peace in return. 
  • If you’re sitting in unanswered questions about your life or future, hold that tension before God. Tell him how it feels not to have an answer. Don’t force clarity where there is none. Just be patient before God with all that is unsolved in your heart. 

Close in a prayer of gratitude to the Father (simple version: thank Him that he is near to us)

A few things to note:

  1. Emotions are not inherently “good” or “bad” but do offer clues to how we are experiencing God and the world around us.
  2. Having a journal to write some of the things you are feeling can be really helpful.

The Practice 15 min

Dismiss everyone to go find a spot to be silent and “do” the practice. (The leader will set a timer once everyone has found a place). Take a notebook/pen with you. When the timer is up, go to your “smaller group”.

Work through these discussion questions in groups of 2-3 10-15 min

  1. Would you say you are able to name your emotions readily? Or is it difficult for you? Why or why not?
  2. Was emotional awareness a part of your upbringing? How did your family deal with emotions? How has that shaped your life today?

Close in prayer 5-10 min

Tips for the Coming Week

Continue taking time throughout your week to be in silence and notice the emotions that are rising up within. For now we are simply naming these emotions and recognizing that they are neither “good” nor “bad”. 

  1. This is the type of practice that might take some time. Emotions can be hard, and naming them can be confusing. If you are having a difficult time putting a name to your emotions try using a “feelings wheel” to better define your emotions.
  2. Keeping a journal can also be helpful for learning to name and understand emotions.