+ Cartoons can get right to the point of what's happening. Check out "Stuff Jesus Said" by Matt Bors.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
+ Cartoons can get right to the point of what's happening. Check out "Stuff Jesus Said" by Matt Bors.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
+ There is a new post on The Abundancetrek Travel Blog. Mary and I are headed for England and Wales this summer.
+ Ed Bastian just shared a very thoughtful and moving column with his InterSpirituality network: “BuildingSpiritual Capital” by NYT columnist David Brooks. Excerpt: "Public schools often give short shrift to spirituality for fear that they would be accused of proselytizing religion. But it should be possible to teach the range of spiritual disciplines, in order to familiarize students with the options, without endorsing any one. In an era in which so many people slip off the rails during adolescence, we don’t have the luxury of ignoring a resource that, if cultivated, could see them through. Ignoring spiritual development in the public square is like ignoring intellectual, physical or social development.”
+ This week's Inner Frontier Inner Work is "Surrender to the Present" by Joseph Naft. Excerpt: "Whatever pulls on us, whatever keeps our body, mind, heart from working together and being fully engaged in what we are doing, can we let that go and totally surrender into the present? For this week, please practice entering flow through relaxation. Relax your body. Relax your mind. Relax your heart. Surrender your tensions to the present."
+ I am glad I have discovered OnFaith.
+ OnFaith offers “Breaking Free From the Spell of Religion” by Galen Guengerich. Excerpt: “(Rachel Held) Evans cites recent research showing that two-thirds of millennials prefer a classic church over a trendy one, and three-quarters would choose a sanctuary over an auditorium. She quotes her friend and blogger Amy Peterson on this issue: ‘I want a service that is not sensational, flashy, or particularly “relevant.” I can be entertained anywhere. At church, I do not want to be entertained . . . I want to be asked to participate in the life of an ancient-future community.’”
+ My pastor just offered a link to an interview with Walter Brueggemann on OnFaith. Brueggemann is one of the great biblical scholars of our times and a leading advocate for compassion, peace, justice and sustainable abundance. Excerpt: "We in the United States live in a deathly social context that’s marked by consumerism and militarism and the loss of the common good. Younger people that are committed to the gospel have to think carefully about how to critique that dominant system of military consumerism and how to imagine alternative forms of life that are not defined by those corrosive pressures."
+ Sojourners offers "Who Said It: Fox News or Jesus?" by Jim Wallis.
+ Gratefulness.org Word for the Day today, May 22, is one of my all time favorites: “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.” – E.E. Cummings
+ A friend just shared this with me: "I learned this week about Maria Popova and her weblog Brain Pickings. This is a recent post. It is surprisingly poignant advice from a young Hunter S Thompson. thought you might enjoy it." > http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/11/04/hunter-s-thomspon-letters-of-note-advice/
+ It will be Pentecost on Sunday. Spirituality and Practice offers some practices for the celebration. Excerpt: "One of the reasons we love Pentecost so much is that it signifies wild freedom and intoxicating joy. The Holy Spirit is always confounding our expectations, slipping out of our restrictive ideas, and opening new doors for the people of God. So on this very special day, we suggest you offer the following toast.
+ Every day I try to reflect on some inspiration and wisdom offered by great spiritual guides. Here are some places on the web that I count on for daily nourishment:
- The Bible Lectionary
- Spirituality and Practice
- Daily Zen
- Bowl of Saki at Wahiduddin's Web
- Inner Frontier
- One Spirit
- Peter Russell
Friday, May 8, 2015
+ I just submitted an article for our Presbytery newsletter:
Monday, April 27, 2015
+ Thank God we can wander ... and wonder ... isn’t it wonderful? Wander-full? But, there is a problem. I think E.B. White states it well: “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
+ I am beginning to think about our 2016 trip to Japan.
+ On Twitter @fredericbrussat offers great quotes today, May 1, and almost every day. Here's one: "Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace." -- Albert Schweitzer
+ I invite my fellow Presbyterians and others to contribute to Presbyterian Disaster Relief for Nepal. I like giving through the church because I know that the CEO is not getting the big bucks that many other agencies think are so necessary.
+ Patheos offers "16 Ways Progressive Christians Interpret the Bible" by Roger Wolsey.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
+ updated at 5:02pm ESDT on Monday, April 27, 2015
+ It feels so right to be joyfully wandering again. #abundance
+ A regular feature of Spirituality and Practice is Praying the News. Here is today's post on praying for the people suffering from the devastating earthquake in Nepal: "Prayers and Practices for Victims of the Earthquake in Nepal" by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat.
+ One of my major sources of inspiration on an almost daily basis is The Bowl of Saki.
+ Something deep within me is moved by Celtic music. Here's one I like:
+ When you follow @fredericbrussat on Twitter you find gems like this one: "Nothing in all creation is so godlike as stillness." -- Meister Eckhart
+ Inspiration comes from many sources. If you wander around www.abundancetrek.com you will find many sources from all kinds of wisdom traditions. I have learned a lot over the years and I am eager to share my knowledge with YOU. My particular focus these days is InterSpirituality, a growing movement of people who cherish their own traditions but want to share wisdom with others, receiving and giving.
+ You can use these links to see what I wrote in the first 10 Joyful Wandering posts back in 2010 and 2011:
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
+ Updated at 1:45pm ESDT on #EarthDay, April 22, 2015.
#earthday + "This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it."
#earthday + “When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world.” -- John Muir
#earthday + Here are some great ideas for earthday and every day: Earth Day: 12 Spiritual Practices to Honor the Earth by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat.
#earthday + "Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world are seeking each other, so that the world may come into being." -- Teilhard de Chardin
#earthday + A book to buy: 50 Ways to Help Save the Earth: How You and Your Church Can Make a Difference by Rebecca Barnes-Davies, an environmental activist with over a decade of experience in advocating for public policy changes, educating groups of concerned Christians, and writing numerous articles.
#earthday + Visit Earth Ministry
#earthday + Visit Presbyterians for Earth Care: An Eco-Justice Network
#earthday + A Prayer for the Environment:
Awake! Awake! Holy One, we are the choir. We are awakened to the terrible things we have done to your gift of the garden. Now our plea is for the music, notes and words, that we need to sing to those around us who are in a deep sleep of unawareness. Our hearts are full to overflowing with the pain of what we see around us. Give us, we pray, the melody for awakening our human family. Amen.
(This prayer was written by Holly Hallman for a Presbyterians for Earth Care event.)
#earthday + Visit Presbyterian Church (USA) Environmental Ministries
#earthday + Visit 350.org
#earthday + Visit GreenFaith
#earthday + Visit Interfaith Power and Light: A Religious Response to Global Warming
#earthday + "I'm always aware that the world around us is never going to be as beautiful and intact as it is now so I do everything I can to take pleasure in it. One of our jobs is clearly to bear witness to this beautiful world we were given and to understand that it is never going to be quite as glorious again, so we had better pay attention." -- Bill McKibben of 350.org
#earthday + Visit Earth Policy Institute
#earthday + “Our global civilization today is on an economic path that is environmentally unsustainable, a path that is leading us toward economic decline and eventual collapse.” -- Lester Brown of Earth Policy Institute
#earthday + “The first and greatest surprise – a miracle, really – is this: that anything exists at all, and that we get to be part of it. Ripe peach, crisp apple, tall mountain, bright leaves, sparkling water, flying flock, flickering flame, and you and me … here, now!” -- Brian D. McLaren in We Make the Road by Walking
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
+ “The only thing I want is to awaken all humans on the planet that we are living on Mother Earth.” —Afrika Bambaataa + Thanks to Spirituality and Health for sharing this quote on the eve of Earth Day.
+ It's my fantastic and wonderful and delightful and only grandchild's eleventh birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
+ The Charter for Compassion is such an important document that I intend to publish it in JW posts from time to time from now on. Here it is:
The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.
It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.
We therefore call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies.
We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.
+ Upworthy offers a beautiful video for the 46th annual Earth Day which is tomorrow, April 22.
+ The Peter Russell Quote of the Moment: "The voyage of discovery is not seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." -- Marcel Proust
Monday, April 20, 2015
+ HAPPY BIRTHDAY, REBECCA. It's great to have you in the family.
+ Let me know if you have anything to add to this post or any other post by contacting email@example.com and use JOYFUL WANDERING in your subject line. My hope is to make this a community blog but with me as dictator! (just kidding of course)
+ I can't believe it has been almost 2 years since my last Joyful Wandering post. What's wrong with me? I love doing this.
+ I still love to simply enjoy web surfing. There is so much information, knowledge and wisdom being shared by millions and millions of us. Sorry about the split infinitive but I like to joyfully wander splitting infinitives as I wander and wonder where I am going, where WE are going together!
+ Some of my favorite places on the web may be repeated from time to time. I am not going to go back through all of the previous JW posts to see what links I have offered.
+ I am interested in many topics. Here are some of the most likely topics to be covered in this continuing series of posts:
+ What Barrett Lee offers on his blog is always worth a read. Here is what he posted today: AMERICA IS NOT THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH.
+ This post by the Coffee Party goes back to early March but is well worth the read because it deals with what's happening in our political system here in the USA: Republicans dominating Congress but surrendering the White House to the Democrats. | Read the post
+ Spirituality and Practice currently features this:
American Tibetan Buddhist teacher Lama Surya Das has a new book, and it provides a doable path to overcoming our illusions of duality and experiencing oneness. "Inter-meditation" takes us from the meditation pillow out into our everyday world where every aspect of our lives becomes part of our spiritual journey. Best of all, the book is packed with practices.
Read our review of Make Me One With Everything.
Read an excerpt on Ten Keys to Inter-Meditation.
Read an excerpt on Thirty-Three Potent Aphorisms.
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I responded: ...there is just as much waste in charitable organizations as in government, maybe far more. Government keeps salaries down for the most part. Check out some of the salaries of the staff of non-profits. And check out how much is spent for fund raising. Sometimes 90 per cent. Government gets a bad rap these days. It doesn't deserve it. People are so misinformed.
He responded: "I agree with you that some charitable organizations are wasteful and some to the point they are being deceptive. ... but in general, the government does not do a good job of distributing funds properly or knowing if funds should be given out at all. The government gets a bad rap because it has earned it."
I responded:The poverty rate was cut in half during the years that the Great Society was well funded. Funding has been reduced over and over again since the late 70s.
And then Barrett blew me away with this remarkable post:
"The gospel is neutered of its radical nature in such a context. Salvation is reduced to individual afterlife concerns and morality is reduced to private sexual concerns. It is assumed that Jesus has nothing to critique about the most basic, fundamental values of our society (which basically boil down to works righteousness). Material wealth is implicitly (if not explicitly) associated with God's blessing (and therefore approval of one's lifestyle).
"Also within this system of assumptions, aid given to the poor is considered 'charity': an extra expense freely given out of one's surplus whenever the giver feels so inclined. These funds are usually the first to be cut in a perceived crisis. There is no room in such a philosophy for a moral obligation to give. Furthermore, the 'charity' serves only to underwrite the status quo of the current economic order, making the wealthy appear benevolent and generous. This creates a dynamic where the egos of the rich must be stroked if one wants to really help the poor.
"I believe that Jesus advocated a transformation that goes far deeper than either government-based relief or private charitable giving. The revolutionary coming of God's kingdom 'on earth as it is in heaven' involves a total reversal of the status quo in the re-ordering of human society: 'The last will be first and the first will be last.' As white, middle-class Americans, this should quite literally scare the hell out of us. The prophet Amos talks pretty extensively about this as well (see Amos 5:18-24). It seems to me that God is interested in justice, not charity (or even worship): 'Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.'
I responded: Amen! Such a compelling and compassionate and comprehensive statement, Barrett. TYSM. / copying your statement onto my journal and now asking permission to blog it.
Barrett responded: "Permission granted."
Monday, May 20, 2013
Join Caring People Trying to Save the Planet > Elemental, a deeply spiritual documentary directed by Gayatri Roshan and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, opens this weekend in New York and L.A., followed by openings in other areas and availability on iTunes. It presents profiles of three dedicated environmental activists on three continents. Through their personal stories, it reveals the immense challenges faced by those who want to change attitudes and spur citizens to band together in a communal effort before it is too late. We encourage you to support this film and support these people! |
Thursday, May 9, 2013
+ I really enjoyed an e-course on InterSpiritual Meditation which ended about a month ago. I wrote a 17 page paper for the course and sent it to the teacher, Ed Bastian, on April 29. Ed is the founder and president of the Spiritual Paths Institute based in Santa Barbara CA.
Here is an excerpt from the web page on the curriculum: "The Spiritual Paths Institute curriculum on InterSpiritual Wisdom is a course of study with respected teachers of contemplative wisdom and applied spirituality that combines intellect, heart, and spiritual practice. It was developed by an InterSpiritual team of exceptional teachers, each authenticated within their respective traditions. The program is based on an intellectual inquiry and contemplative experience of the teachings of the worlds sacred traditions combined with personally mentored spiritual practice."
On another page, there is this information about Ed's books and current courses: "Ed Bastian, who has led our group programs over the past ten years, is presenting a series of retreats, classes, and online courses that summarize the underlying shared wisdom offered by our teachers and courses. These courses are based on the following books and workbooks that he has authored, co-authored, or published: Living Fully Dying Well, InterSpiritual Meditation, Meditations for InterSpiritual Wisdom and Creating Your Spiritual Path"
+ Spirituality and Practice offers its latest 12s gallery. It's on Forgiveness. Inspirational and challenging. Humanity needs this desperately. And don't forget to forgive yourself.
+ The current emphasis at Inner Frontier is Wisdom. There is plenty of illuminating and inspiring and challenging wisdom in these weekly Inner Work practices. This week the focus is on Spiritual Efficacy. Here is an excerpt: "Teachers can help by instructing us in spiritual practices. They can also help by being examples that ordinary people, no different than us, can enter true spiritual transformation. Teachers can help by easing our way into deeper experiences through the quality of their energy, when we practice in person with them. And teachers can inspire us. All of that is important, useful, perhaps even pivotal in setting our feet on the path. But it masks a fundamental truth: the spiritual path is within us, it cannot be shown, it can only be discovered."
+ (posted yesterday on Coffee Break 371 on my John A Wilde blog):
“Religion Beyond the Right" by Frank Bruni is an outstanding NY Times Op Ed column pointing out that there really are a lot of biblical values associated with the Left and the Center. Bruni focuses on the controversy surrounding the Boy Scouts ban on gays. Excerpt: "'I find it perplexing the way the "moral values" phrase is used,' said the Rev. Mark Greiner... (a Presbyterian pastor)... 'Concern for the environment, concern for workers’ rights: those are moral values,' he told me. 'But the phrase ends up being limited to matters of human sexuality, as if Jesus was primarily concerned with what people did with their reproductive parts. It’s crazy-making.' Greiner wants the ban on gay scouts and leaders lifted." | Read the article