Working with a Verse
~ a type of inner work
Inner work is a wonderfully helpful, sometimes challenging "bonus" that comes with parenting, teaching and homeschooling. We get to know ourselves by noticing who we are in challenging situations: how we respond or react, how we show up or disappear, how we reach out or retract, how we feel energized or drained, how we care for ourself in daily life.
Sometimes the awareness comes out of a situation, other times it comes out of focused attention and presence.
Inner wok can be defined as the work that we do on ourselves, of getting to know the self, our self. There are many types of inner work.
Lynn Jericho speaks of inner work in this Interview we did together, over on The Wonder of Childhood, in which she said, "Put some of your energy into knowing yourself and do this with intentional rhythm – make it a priority to have a weekly walk for self-reflection or a long soaking bath when you recollect on the moments of the week that were sweet. Self-knowledge is the beginning of inner freedom and the basis of inner love."
Inner work is an integral part of Waldorf parenting, homeschooling and teaching, and can take many different forms.
One type of inner work that is done in the Waldorf realm is to work with a verse.
How to Work with a Verse?Choose a verse or short text to use. Each day, set aside a few minutes in the morning, in the same place to contemplate your verse for a few minutes. You may want to read the verse aloud initially, and then come to know the verse by heart. I like to write out or print the verse on a slip of paper I can keep in a drawer or tape inside the kitchen cabinet.
Rudolf Steiner gave us many verses to work with including The Calendar of the Soul, a series of verses, one for each week of the year.
There has been a mood of excitement, hope and frustration throughout the year of primary campaigns, speeches and debates for the election of the president of the United States. Now there is so much tension, anxiety, fear and uncertainty with the upcoming election day tomorrow.
I try to remind myself to trust, that we are made for these times, yet it is still challenging. This verse from Rudolf Steiner is one I turn to, that you might find strength in as well. His words feel as timely as ever...
For the Michael Age
If you'd like to print this, it's here.