Tallu Quinn | Repaired & Right Relationship

Tallu Quinn of the Nashville Food Project reflects on how Rainer Maria Rilke's "All Will Come Again" guides us into holistic relationship and alignment for just community.


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A brief meditation on love in community.


A Brief Meditation on Love & Community

As always in meditation, begin by allowing your body to arrange itself in a comfortable, relaxed position. Sit in each reflection as you need; the space, time, and answers are yours.

 

Beginning, take deep breath in, drawing slowly and fully. Holding gently. And then exhale outward. Again--a deep breath, slow and full draw. Gentle hold. And exhale outward.

 

When in our dear heart, life, and being do we experience a “sense of wholeness, full health, and being one with creation?” What is happening? What are we doing? What are we feeling and knowing? Hold this with us.

 

Breathe in again slowly, fully. Hold it lightly. And exhale outward.

 

Where in our life do we experience waste and unuse? Be it in time, relationships, giftedness, or resources?

 

Stretch slowly. Toes to ankles. To knees to hips. Careful focus to each joint, each muscle, each tendon. To each in the being.

 

Stretch slowly. Lungs to neck. Extension of arms to fingertips. To the top of our heads. Release that which we waste; open to vitality and focus.

 

Tallu says that “Broken relationship or the ways that we hurt ourselves are cries for help, cries for love.”

 

Breathing in…and breathing out…ask in yourself:

 

In today, or in the past week, where have my behavior or actions been cries for help? Where have I witnessed this in others?

 

Thinking again over today, in the past week, in the past few months, ask and sit with yourself in the question:

 

Where in my life am I living, and encouraging others to live, as “people as strong and varied as the land?”

 

Exhale misalignment in created being with ourselves, others, and the whole of creation.

 

Inhale breath of blessed community for your life and strength. Exhale into the world your giftedness, mutuality, and passion.

 

Inhale breath of blessed community for your life and strength. Exhale into the world your giftedness, mutuality, and passion.

 

Ase

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How can we engage in acts of love which nurture our communities?


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1) When loving and serving, let’s be prayerful and mindful that everyone is our equally gifted neighbor—not children to whom we are guardians. Our dynamics should reflect relationships of equality, mutuality, and the recognition that each of us has gifts given by God, and needs that require support. You can reflect further on this in Moyo’s piece on relational and holistic hospitality.

 

2) Donate to and volunteer with organizations such as Appetite for Change (AFC), based out of the North Minneapolis, MN community. AFC focuses on food as a tool which educates and strengthens families, creates economic prosperity, and encourages healthy living by learning with and supporting the families and youth in the community.

 

3) Learn about and consider the dynamics of missional communities, which are intended to focus not so much what we do together, as how we are together. Dean of Duke Divinity School’s Elaine Heath’s Missional, Mainline, Monastic lays out the understanding, framework, and power of missional communities to build and exemplify dynamics of communities focused around God-giftedness.

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