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Interior Spiritual Landscape

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The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. (Isaiah 58:11)

I heard a spiritual activist use this phrase “Interior Spiritual Landscape” to speak to the way she cares for her spiritual life. This person uses guided meditation, silent prayer, and other techniques help nurture her Interior Spiritual Landscape. When our Interior Spiritual Landscape is untended, it is full of weeds, ruts and tall grass. It feels uncared for, and unworthy of dignity.

A well-tended Interior Spiritual Landscape looks like a well-groomed yard. The grass is mowed, the weeds are pulled, and it even has special color, from flowers, and perhaps even a quirky garden Gnome, to a small vegetable garden. It is a place where you feel comfortable and relaxed. It is a place where you want to lay in the grass and look up at the clouds.

Too many people feel that nurturing your Interior Spiritual Landscape is time wasted. There are too many important activities that deserve our priority, to spend time and energy “navel gazing.” This kind of thinking is a huge mistake. The most dedicated activist or committed volunteer will ultimately end up burned out, if her/his Interior Spiritual Landscape remains untended. We will end up burned out and disillusioned if our Interior Spiritual Landscape becomes messy.

Today, consider the health of your Interior Spiritual Landscape. Even if you cut the grass, by coming to worship each week, are there other spiritual pursuits that would make your landscape come alive? When you pray to God with openness, your landscape blossoms. When you find opportunities to perform kind gestures, your landscape flattens out and ruts are filled in. When you sit in silence, and invite God into the quiet places of your soul, the sun shines down on your landscape. Take the time today to look at your inner landscape. What does it really look like? Make a plan, and commit to reforming the look of your Interior Spiritual Landscape. If you do, you will have more energy, joy, and drive. It is well worth the time.