Saturday, October 22, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 300

This is the daily exploration for Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
+ We are called to create and enjoy a realm of compassionpeacejustice and sustainable abundance for all.

We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it.
-- Wendell Berry in The Long-Legged House

Abundance must be understood as a heavenly attribute, a spiritual attribute, not primarily as a material attribute.  That definitely requires a change of thinking, a change of heart, a change of perception, a new awareness, a compassionate awakening. 

I will never forget what a friend of mine once said after visiting Nicaragua in the early days of the revolution which brought the Sandinistas to power.  He said that he had never seen such poverty and he had never seen such happiness.  Of course it is not true that one has to be poor to be happy or wealthy to be unhappy but wealth in itself does not create happiness.   Most of us here in the USA live with the kind of material abundance most people on earth do not have.  But many of us are plagued with anxiety which diminishes our quality of life.  That’s not abundance.  Real abundance is based on an attitude of gratitude moment after moment, day after day, breath after breath.  Gratefulness.org is a website which invites us to create and sustain real abundance.  One by one we are changing the world, making it heavenly.  This is the new faith for the new earth, a growing, powerful movement which the forces of ignorance and selfishness cannot stop. 

+ Although Spirituality & Practice doesn’t have Abundance per se as a practice, they do offer an abundance of resources  on many practices which are all about abundance including:  Gratitude |  Wonder | Connections | Attention

Also, many of their Twelves Galleries focus on abundance.  With the following links you can quickly  choose among them >
http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/galleries/category/12s
http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/galleries/category/12s/2
http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/galleries/category/12s/3
http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/galleries/category/12s/4
http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/galleries/category/12s/5
http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/galleries/category/12s/6

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post.  And, I have work to do on the Abundancetrek Abundance page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Abundance” or “Heavenly Attributes” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

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