Chris Heuertz has spent his life bearing witness to the possibility of hope among a world that has legitimate reasons to question God’s goodness.
Named one of Outreach magazine’s “30 Emerging Influencers Reshaping Leadership,” Chris is a curator of unlikely friendships, an instigator for good, a champion of collaboration, and a witness to hope, Chris fights for a renewal of contemplative activism.
In this episode, Chris illuminates three gifts of contemplative spirituality: an awakened sense of our true identity, an acceptance that everything belongs, and an ability to root ourselves in the gifts of community.
Cooking a meal — There’s fast food and there’s slow food. One satisfies a craving and the other satisfies the soul. As long as your phone isn’t nearby, you just might find some peace chopping vegetables and you may even enter a rhythm of being that’s quite serene and wonderfully human.
Smiling at strangers — Try this out for size. We’re not so strange after a gratuitous acknowledgment of the other’s presence.
Writing, stamping, and mailing a handwritten note — Over 3,000 times today you were sold something. How many times today were you told something in handwritten ink on paper? I rest my case.
Look and SEE — There’s looking and then there’s seeing. I don’t think we see if we’re not looking. Try out a game of ‘I Spy’ in your life, relationships, and business.
Be Silent and Still for two to ten minutes — Try out Headspace for 10 days. When you learn to see and hear the noise you’ll find how to navigate around it and through it. When’s the last time you simply sat still? This will shift things for you.
We are joined in Episode 16 at Let The Music Play Podcast with Phileena Heuertz of Omaha, Nebraska. An author, spiritual director, yoga instructor, public speaker and retreat guide, Phileena is passionate about spirituality and making the world a better place. Phileena has led contemplative retreats for a number of faith communities including: Word Made Flesh, World Vision International, Compassion International, as well as non-faith and interfaith groups in leading cities across the nation. She has spoken at a number of universities and seminaries including: Asbury Theological Seminary, Biola University, Creighton University, Eastern Nazarene College, Fuller Seminary, George Fox University, Hardin-Simmons University and Midland University; and conferences such as Q, Catalyst, Urbana and the Center for Action and Contemplation.
Working alongside Mother Teresa and living out a beautiful story that has developed a rare gift for communicating the dynamics of the spiritual journey, Phileena gracefully guides others toward personal growth, bringing harmony to the active and contemplative dimensions of life.
Our conversation in Episode 16 primarily revolves around both the need and the challenge of cultivating silence, stillness, and solitude into our modern lives.