Jump to content

Engaging emotionally with faith


9 replies to this topic

#1 Angelot

Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:05 PM

Just something I'm musing about, and I'd like to hear what others have experienced.

What helps people to engage not just intellectually with matters of faith, but emotionally?  What helps to let the ideas of a faith speak to people's joys, sorrows, fears and hopes?  What has helped you to make faith a matter of the heart as well as of the head?

#2 Angelot

Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:04 AM

Bump - anyone?

#3 s'peachykeen

Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:22 AM

Lots of things, but here are a couple:

Worship, especially singing. One of the principles I used to use as a worship leader was that sometimes we sing it because it is so and sometimes we sing it to make it so. It's the latter that goes to your question - sometimes singing is a really good way of taking a truth that I mostly think about, and owning it all the way down into my heart. If you're really paying attention, you can only sing, 'You are all I need' so many times before it starts having an impact.  

Service. There's nothing like putting the ideas into practice. And so often, being in situations where you're serving others throws light on the stuff of faith that you haven't fully integrated - lack of humility, lack of faith in God's sufficiency, yada.

#4 MaMaPepper

Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:48 AM

I too would say music for me and movement, I am not a still singer.

I would have thought a lot of people have the opposite problem. Have a faith or belief in God but can't intellectualise faith, logically defend, trust His word to be confirmed by science (creationism).

As a fairly logical person I find it helps me emotionally. By understanding my faith I am comforted emotionally.

Very little sleep last night so hope this makes sense

#5 Angelot

Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:59 AM

It's possible that a lot of people do have the opposite problem, but I asked because it looks as if I'm going to be doing some work with a very intellectualised community.  (Lots of university academics, PhDs, all of that), and one of the comments I've already had is that they might be intellectually very sophisticated, but that can sometimes be a defence against having to confront one's emotions.

So I was thinking about the things that can help cut through that kind of compartmentalisation; I agree that music (and sensate and aesthetic stimuli more generally) are one possibility.  I was also pondering some meditative techniques.  But I thought I might throw it out there and see what other suggestions people might have.

#6 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:27 PM

How interesting.  

I think the whole Catholic mass is an attempt at this - the colour, the incense, the altar bell, the repetition, the actual eating and drinking, the sign of peace.  

Also reminds me of something in CS Lewis about why people kneel down to pray.  

I did an interesting art exercise once where you had to draw a nude without lifting your charcoal from the paper, so you had to let go of your learned technique/perceptions and just follow the shapes.  

No ideas about how you incorporate any of that.





#7 librablonde

Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:34 PM

For me it's music and art help me connect for faith: musical harmonies and a certain aesthetic can really grab my attention and open me up to the notion of God and his/her presence around me.

#8 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:44 PM

Play them this:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MgKLIMIhh1c

#9 Jane Jetson

Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:46 PM

I am probably going to be no help at all, because I mainly engage with my beliefs on an emotional level - intellectually I think it's all a bit irrational, but I can't help what I believe. (To be honest, on an intellectual level I feel woefully lacking in education about the entire subject - I don't know where to start reading!) I am quite passionate about left-wing politics and I suppose a lot of it comes under a Christian socialist kind of thing (in general, not necessarily referencing the movement) - Jesus identifying with and hanging out with the underclasses and lower classes, and so on.

#10 Feral_Pooks

Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:06 PM

I agree with Jane. Connecting with other people and fighting for social justice feeds my emotional needs and that aspect of my beliefs. Also doing some hard slog towards a good cause... Physical work. Getting hands on. So, rather than intellectualising, just getting into the thick of it.

I also meditate. Well, I try to. I'm never sure, though, what to count this as. I don't really do proper prayer... Like I can say the words and reflect on them but I always feel that it's all going on inside my own head and nowhere else. If that makes sense. I don't feel I'm communicating. But I feel more like I am connected with God when I'm in the muck of it with people and getting info doing something... Worthy, even if very very small. I feel something I can't put into words.

I remember working in the volunteer kitchens after a natural disaster and there was something really beautiful happening. People were chopping up chicken carcasses and serving up food in a very uninspiring environment in a community aching with grief. Yet the love and sense of purpose was really palpable. There was lots of pain, lots of passion and menial work. Lots of "counselling" which everyday people were able to do in ways that a professional can't. Real, genuine connection. I find that kind of experience very much taps into that emotional engagement with my faith. Moments like that where I just think, who cares about intellectualising it all, I've seen it and I don't need words for it.



Reply to this topic



  


1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

A mum's tragic battle against inflammatory breast cancer

At just 37 years of age, with two young sons, Vicki was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Now her family wants all women to know the symptoms.

The business of babies around the world

Pregnancy and birth is an intriguing process no matter where you are in the world. One soon-to-be father gleans wisdom from a new guide.

Finding a positive path through IVF

It’s not surprising that IVF is often seen as a negative journey towards the ultimate positive, but having a glass-half-full approach can make a big difference to the experience.

Giving strangers the gift of parenthood

A mum explains why she and her husband are choosing to gift their leftover embryos to help strangers achieve their dream of parenthood.

Does morning sickness get better or worse with each child?

Just as every baby is unique, so is every pregnancy. And that means morning sickness can vary a lot, too.

What's so wrong with looking 'mumsy', anyway?

Why is it that the word ‘mumsy’ has connotations of such a negative nature – but seems to be the only other option apart from ‘yummy’?

Trying to speed up the inevitable

As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.

One month later: where is William Tyrell?

It has been a little over a month since William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother's home, 33 long sleepless nights for his family as they mourn the absence of their cheeky young boy.

Winter's child less likely to be moody: study

Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.

Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O?Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.

Food for thought: looking after yourself as a new mum

As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.

'Grabbable guts' campaign aims to cut toxic fat

The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.

The best and worst month of my life

A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

Finding a mum-friendly personal trainer

Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.

Alleged baby snatch incident a ?misunderstanding?, say police

Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.

Ebola killed my aunt and is shutting down my country

Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.

The night my ovary burst

One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

The mum who never met her baby

There was one more thing Kymberlie Shepherd wanted to experience in life - motherhood. But a rare illness took her first.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.