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September 2021
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Sunday Aug 29, 2021 was a big day. It was my husband Ben's last day (by choice) as Associate Minister at Center for Spiritual Living Ft. Lauderdale. This was, obviously, not the outcome we expected or hoped for when we made this big move from Missouri to Florida for this opportunity at the end of last year.

Without going into the story, these last several months have been very challenging, but revealing and spurring tons of growth. We have been blessed by our time with the CSL Community and we will miss them! The good news is that Ben already found a new job with a fully remote company and that gives us a lot of freedom.

A lot of people are asking what’s next.... and we don’t know yet.

We’re taking a fresh look, sitting with the questions, and actively exploring.  I share about that more below in the Inspiration section.

In the meantime, I've completed my dad's memorial website. My goal was to have it done in time for the first anniversary of his passing on September 29th. Those of you have been following my journey this past year know there's been a lot going on, so completing this website felt really good and brings me peace. Now everyone who searches online for my dad will be able to find great info and photos that represent his life.

So grateful for your love, support, and friendship!


Warmly,
Cheri

INSPIRATION

Sitting with the Unknown
by Cheri Jamison


I would wager that the vast majority of adults spend lots of time and energy trying to control life  (unconsciously) so they experience the "unknown" as little as possible. Why? Because it's uncomfortable. It can feel unsafe and scary.

When I was studying spiritual psychology in grad school, my teachers Drs. Ron and Mary Hulnick would say, "Control is the master addiction... Often people move into a control pattern because the fear underneath losing control is fear of going insane or losing grip on reality." Pretty heavy stuff!

Yet, it doesn't have to be that way.

A primary tenet of spiritual psychology is "How you go through the issue is the issue." Or said another way, "How you are with yourself as you go through an issue is the issue." It's a matter of attitude, personal awareness, and being gentle with yourself.

During this past year+ of massive transition and faced yet again with more changes, I have done my best to practice this approach as I sit with a lot of things that are unclear. Here are some strategies I've been trying:

  • Sitting with the discomfort of unknowing and letting it be okay that I don't know right now
  • Going back to basics/ values/ goals/ visions for my life
  • Introspecting on what are the important questions I need to ask myself
  • Managing others' emotions/expectations/opinions and my own
  • Value of "holding," meaning being patient and waiting until I experience some kind of internal clarity or direction
  • Knowing what my own "yes" or "no" or "no answer/blank" feels like inside of me and being honest with myself about that
  • Being gentle with myself and allowing all my emotions
  • Doing the next clear thing / action item, no matter how small

What I have discovered in all this is that 1) this is all challenging to do and think about, 2) it's a messy process that never looks like I think it will, and 3) I am surprised at what comes forward, especially what's present is simply grieving what I thought would be instead of what currently is. Much of this has been centered around accepting what is.

The good news is that I feel like I am growing and maturing through this process. I am choosing to see this time of sitting in the "unknown" as an opportunity to wipe the slate clean, dream anew, and set myself on a path that's more aligned with who I am today, not what I thought might happen in the past.

UPDATES

James Stark memorial website:
jamesstarkviolin.wixsite.com/memorial 

Today is the first anniversary of my dad's passing, Sept 29th. I wanted to find a way to honor his life and musical legacy, so I created a memorial website. It took quite a bit of investigating on my part to put this all together, as there is not that much available online about my dad. I did my best to capture the various chapters of his life, but one thing is for sure, music was part of every one of them.

UPCOMING

I will be the featured speaker at a Sunday service!
Shhh.... This is my first time speaking and not singing! I'll be speaking on "Peaceful Passing," inspired by the recent Unity booklet.
Sunday, October 17 at 10 a.m. CT (online only)

Center for Universal Oneness
More info and Zoom link here: cfuo.org
Rome Trip Oct 22-31, 2021
After 3 years of planning and many postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ben and I are excited to finally be going to Italy. Health precautions are in place, masks will be worn, and multiple tests will be taken (plus, Italy is safer at this point than the U.S.).

We promise to take lots of pictures and share them with you!
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