Step Up! Step Back.

Most meeting and workshop facilitators spend a few minutes establishing ground rules. They're usually pretty boiler plate: One speaker at a time. Maintain confidentiality. Respect the ideas of others. Here's one you may not know: Step up. Step back.
 
It calls participants to challenge themselves by assessing their normal patterns and making a conscious effort to show up differently. If I typically don't share in groups, Step Up asks me to make sure my voice is included in the conversation. If I have a tendency to speak a lot, Step Back encourages me to listen and create space for others to contribute. It makes for a richer discussion, and a more engaged and effective group.
 
Seems to me it's also a great spiritual practice. Spiritual growth is an adventure made richer and more engaging by consciously choosing to break patterns and habits that, while comfortable or familiar, are ultimately limiting. When we choose to show up in love rather than fear, forgiving rather than condemning, faithful rather than doubtful, the universe responds accordingly. Our capacity to demonstrate spiritual principle is enhanced. Our experience of God's love and grace expands.
 
So c'mon, step up! Embrace whatever you've been resisting. Then step back. Quiet your mind and create the space for blessings to unfold.
 
Carpe diem,
Rev. Kurt