We must practice to transform our being personally and collectively Spiritual practice, undertaken according to principles of spirituality, and mindfully followed with purpose and intent, is capable of powerful personal, relational, social, and cultural transformation.
Some of these spiritual principles are:
– cultivate a loving heart for all beings
– develop an altruistic, sustaining spirit and share what you have with others
– be a good ally of the earth and its resources
– identify with your own suffering and that of others and be a healer
– measure progress and growth according to non-materialistic and non-economic factors such as sustainability and peace
– support democratic forms of government and the liberties they guarantee for all peoples
– speak out against, non-violently resist, and work to change social injustice and evil in the world
– develop unitive consciousness that envelopes paradox and
-value diversity in creation and community
Creator God awaken in us a dedication to spiritually transforming practice that we may be collaborators and co-creators in your kin-dom of the alternative neighborly community for the good of all humankind and all creation.
photo by Cathey Stone
‘meditating in the estuary at Draper Lake’
Gulfview Heights Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Reflection: Richard Rohr on our apocalyptic times and our need for a stabilizing spiritual practice over the next four months (and always)
(with thanks and respect to my patron saint, Gertrud Nelson for sharing Richard’s words with me)
“We are without doubt in an apocalyptic time (the Latin word apocalypsis refers to an urgent unveiling of an ultimate state of affairs). Yeats’ oft-quoted poem “The Second Coming” then feels like a direct prophecy. See if you do not agree:
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Stand as a sentry at the door of your senses for these coming months, so “the blood-dimmed tide” cannot make its way into your soul.
If you allow it for too long, it will become who you are, and you will no longer have natural access to the “really deep well” that Etty Hillesum (Dutch author of the Nazi persecution of Jews in Amsterdam and who was killed in Auschwitz) returned to so often and that held so much vitality and freedom for her.
If you will allow, I recommend for your spiritual practice for the next four months that you impose a moratorium on exactly how much news you are subject to—hopefully not more than an hour a day of television, social media, internet news, magazine and newspaper commentary, and/or political discussions. It will only tear you apart and pull you into the dualistic world of opinion and counter-opinion, not Divine Truth, which is always found in a bigger place.
Instead, I suggest that you use this time for some form of public service, volunteerism, mystical reading from the masters, prayer—or, preferably, all of the above.
You have much to gain now and nothing to lose. Nothing at all.
And the world—with you as a stable center—has nothing to lose.”
photos: Gertrud Nelson, my patron saint
Richard Rohr (who I read widely) with my dear, late friend and spiritual teacher Jeff Blake
Thank you God for friends and teachers like these💓