You asked "How is Easter relevant in my life today?"
"How is the story of Easter relevant in my life today?"
Every year as we approach Easter I take the time to be very intentional about my journey through Holy week as I contemplate on what is no longer serving me and what is seeking to be birthed through me. This year I have made extra time in my morning prayer and meditation time for journaling. I love the art of journaling for it provides me with the opportunity to discover and unveil hidden beliefs that are otherwise veiled, yet clouding my perceptions. As I journal, I notice what I am feeling, what feels stagnant, and what feels really alive. While I am immersed in this practice noticing the thoughts, the feelings, the longings, the energy field, I allow my attention to go a little deeper as I rest in the I am presence without the conditioning or the stories. The moment I see clearly into my “life’s story” I no longer have to be it. I can rest as presence.
Easter is relevant when I am willing to look within and go through my own resurrection. When I am willing to cross out error thoughts and tell the truth a shift in consciousness takes place. It takes courage to tell the truth and to choose differently. And it is only when we are willing to tell the truth that we can truly be free. Easter is about new life. Water that doesn’t move becomes stagnant. Life is movement and we are all in a journey in consciousness to ever expanding love.
This year as I contemplate on my journey and my resurrection what has become really clear is that we are all in this together and that there is no separate life. As we look at the events of Holy week leading up to Jesus crucifixion and resurrection we see chaos, treachery, bigotry, oppression, lies, injustices, fear and anger. All part of the human condition. Still very real and present in our world today. Also present in our common humanity is compassion, love, joy, the desire to serve and do good.
I believe that my journey through Easter and my “resurrection” is no longer my individual journey, but rather my continual expanding awareness that I AM the living, loving Christ and so are you. This Easter I am choosing to be love, to breathe love, to see love, to share love, and to love my neighbor as my very self.
Rev. Elizabeth Longo