This is Isaiah, age 1.5, discovering there’s candy inside of his plastic Easter egg. He was happy with the egg itself, but when I showed him what was inside, his whole demeanor changed.
Something similar happens in Spiritual Direction. The slowness and simplicity of the space offers an opportunity to open our experiences and explore what’s inside. It’s pretty common for a client to share a positive life experiences with me in a somewhat surface-level way – they know something good has happened, but they haven’t really had time to relish it, to soak it in.
Opening experiences in this way is part of the meaning-making journey and helps us absorb the depth and breadth of life’s goodness and discover meaningful ways to respond. It’s something like finding candy inside a plastic egg. (I’m pretty sure Isaiah’s response was to look for more eggs )
When is the last time you took time to really relish a positive experience?