I know I start off with these sentences OFTEN! I just can’t help myself. I have so much inside of me, and truly I could post continuously it feels at times. I went to a conference last week on trauma care and met the most AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING woman who has spent the last 30 years helping people heal as a therapist. I usually will convey that this post could be pages, and I will have a hard time expressing myself………..So, instead of writing all the things I learned and how I personalized them in a GREAT way, I will just tell you this synchronicity, connect the dots experience.
Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA
Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy and Education, Inc.
The speaker was sharing relaxation techniques and one of them was very familiar to me. It’s one I do naturally when I worship Jesus. I’ve done this for years, and honestly sometimes I’ve felt self-conscious about it. I’ll go into this movement, then all of a sudden wonder if I’m distracting the person behind me or beside me so I stop. Not anymore! 🙂
Place your right hand over your heart and your left hand near hip/stomach area as if you are holding a baby. Without lifting your feet sway from side to side gently in a very small figure eight pattern, or just from side to side if that requires too much concentration. Close your eyes IF you feel safe doing so.
When I get into a session or teaching I sometimes feel like Horshack from Welcome Back Carter.
HA! So I waited patiently for the exercise to be done, then I said , “Oooo Oooo Ooooo! I have a question!”
Actually it was more like a statement! I shared that when I’m worshiping God, I automatically do this relaxation technique! I was thinking in my mind how this must be the most natural thing to do with God. Talk to Him, listen to Him, dance with Him, allow Him to hold me and care for me.
As a mother comforts her child,
so will I comfort you.
At church on Sunday we were singing this amazing song called “Here I am Worshiping You.” One part of the song is this repetitive line that builds and has great harmony. “I’m gonna worship You forever. I ‘m gonna worship You.”
As we were crying out to God, He was holding us and answering our prayers. We were sitting in the back of the church because we had to scoot for a class, but as I looked around do you know what I saw? I saw bodies swaying, arms lifted high, and realized most of us were swaying together, worshiping God together…..AMAZING! I started praying for people and realizing that some people were stiff boards. I was not comparing, but in tuned to the body of believers and praying for us. Lord, if someone needs to be held this morning- hold them.
A dear friend of mine, Pal (that’s her name! So fitting, because that’s who she is!) watched my oldest daughter sing and commented months ago on how Victoria and I have this sway. I was reminded of her comment and smiled. I shared with Victoria this experience, comments, my session – she agreed! She, too, loves Jesus and dancing with Him.
Here is the video/song of the beautiful song from Sunday – Dance with Him…..Let Him hold you…….