Visio Divina: Threshold

Visio Divina: Threshold

This week, we’re pausing the usual Monday Meditation for a moment of visio divina.  If you’re not familiar, you may find this introduction and guide helpful:

Visio Divina invites us to see at a more contemplative pace. It invites us to see all there is to see, exploring the entirety of the image. It invites us to see deeply, beyond first and second impressions, below initial ideas, judgments, or understandings. It invites us to be seen, addressed, surprised, and transformed by God who is never limited or tied to any image, but speaks through them.  – Tim Mooney

Look and Notice

Take a moment to settle yourself.  Breathe.  Breathe again.   Look at the image below.  Spend some time allowing your gaze to be drawn here and there.

What do you notice?  What does it stir up in you?  Sit quietly with what arises for a few moments.

Pause and Contemplate

There are many thresholds in our lives, moments where we are invited to step from the space we know into an entirely new space. That in-between space as we cross the threshold is known as liminal space.  As Richard Rorh describes:

All transformation takes place here. We have to allow ourselves to be drawn out of “business as usual” and remain patiently on the “threshold” (limen, in Latin) where we are betwixt and between the familiar and the completely unknown. There alone is our old world left behind, while we are not yet sure of the new existence. That’s a good space where genuine newness can begin.

Look at the image above again.  Where do you see yourself in the image?  Where might God be?  What threshold are you being invited to cross?  What liminal space are you being invited into?

Receive and Respond

Hold gently whatever invitation arises.  Receive it deeply into yourself and notice how it resonates within you.  Where do you feel it in your body?  Do you notice resistance rising up?  Relief?  Welcoming?   How might you respond to the invitation right now in this moment, this day, this week?

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