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Musical Devotion for the Wounded Spirit

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This is a 3-song cycle composed to help you process through wounding experiences.

Recommended tools: journal, paper, pen, art utensils.

First, consider what wounding you would like to offer to God today through this process. Take a minute to pray around this issue.

You will listen to each piece of music at least twice. The first time, just listen w/ an open heart. The second time take notice of how the music tells the story of the titled theme. Notice the melody, the dissonance, the voicing, the tone. How might the music’s story speak to your own experience?

a) Click here to listen to “Broken” This song was inspired by the initial event or the shattering moment that caused wounding. Maybe it isn’t a concrete memory, that’s okay (in fact that might be for your own protection). But, in this piece we explore the knowing that comes when things are different, not the same or permanently changed.

b) Listen to it again. How does the music tell this story of brokenness?

c) Ask yourself these two questions and respond by writing or drawing (remember, this is for you and no one will judge or critique this piece): 1) What is the shape of my brokenness (or how does brokenness feel)? 2) Where is God’s love in the midst of my brokenness?

d) Click here to isten to “Waking Dream” Waking Dream was inspired by the confusion, numbness, longing, and the disassociation that comes from the liminal space we sometimes inhabit following a shattering event. It can feel like being suspended between survival and resiliency in woundedness or trauma. It is a place where meaning has not been found yet and where you may feel stuck.

e) Listen to it again. How does the music’s story prompt you to feel?

f) Ask yourself these two questions and respond by writing or drawing: 1) What is my confusion, my longing or dissociation like today? 2) Where might God’s love be in my confusion?

g) Click here to listen to “In Time” In Time was inspired by the hope that comes when you recognize a desire to move forward beyond the pain and beyond the in-between space. The desire itself can be a movement toward resilient hope. The event cannot be changed or even forgotten, but your life and your spirit can be restored and renewed by God.

h) Listen to it again. How does the music’s story prompt you?

i) Ask yourself these questions and respond by writing or drawing: 1) Do I long for hope? What might I choose into today to activate that hope? Where might God’s love and grace be in my hope?

j) Do you have a sense of how the Spirit of God might be inviting you out of this experience? If not, that is okay. Perhaps this is a moment to pray into invitation. If you do have a sense of how the Spirit is inviting you, write it down or render an impression of what you intuitively feel. Then, spend the next week praying into this invitation.

Finally, if there’s time and if you so desire, compose your own lament before God – your own psalm of longing based on your experience.

Remember that this exercise is fluid and dependent on your ability to be present in it. Attempting it several times may yield different experiences. May meet you in each experience.

(c) 2016 Naisa Wong, Spiritual Director, Trauma Care Practitioner & Professional Artisan