Sunday, April 10, 2022

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 22

+ The meme here comes from the Spirituality & Practice 12s Gallery on BEING PRESENT.

+ What a great gift the human body is. Cherish it. Enjoy it. Celebrate it. It's Good News.

What else can you claim as Good News as you live in your life in your body today?


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 21

BEING PRESENT 

5 of my favorite BEING PRESENT quotes >

I think this is how we are supposed to be in the world -- present and in awe. -- Anne Lamott
All of the rituals that Buddhists do, the chants and repeated actions, the sitting quietly, the slow movement, are techniques to help us develop the capacity to be fully present in each moment of our lives. They can lead, ideally, to a reverence for all the tasks and difficulties, the suffering, the opportunities for joy of daily life. -- Sandy Boucher
Breathing in, I dwell in the present moment;
breathing out, I know this is a wonderful moment.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh
To be present is the most fundamental generosity of all. When there is nothing else to do, when we are in a situation that seems hopelessly blocked, there is still one thing we can do: We can be there. -- Lewis Richmond
Our poodle, Meriah, definitely is a reminder to BE PRESENT as she finds all kinds of ways to bring me out of my attachment to my work and obsessions and back to simply enjoy the moment. This moment.
I often repeat to myself Guideline number 4 in The Handbook to Higher Consciousness by Ken Keyes, Jr.
I always remember I have everything I need to enjoy my here and now unless I am letting my consciousness be dominated by demands and expectations based on the dead past or imagined future.
And I have a long way to go but I am striving moment after moment, breath after precious breath, to be awake, aware and connected on Our Amazing Journey. And we are always where we need to be on Our Amazing Journey, right here, right now.
How do you come back to the here-and-now?
The meme above comes from the S&P Gallery of memes on BEING PRESENT.

+ I like to think of JOY as a constant in our lives breath after precious breath no matter what is going on in and beyond our personal lives. In a blog post on Being Present, Patricia Ann Farmer reminds us that Being Present can even be terrifying and we certainly can't be happy when that happens. But deep within us the JOY remains and that can keep us going no matter what.


Thursday, February 17, 2022

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 20

+ OK, sisters and brothers, the time has come for us to have a topic to focus on and that topic is FAITH. 

You may remember that I once called my idea for an emerging community of faith THE NEW CHURCH FOR THE NEW AGE. That was my guiding idea as I worked on Abundancetrek.com and on forums and blogs during the first decade of this new millennium. I forget exactly when I decided to move away from NEW CHURCH to NEW FAITH and from NEW AGE to NEW EARTH. The reason for the change is that I became committed to promoting and sharing InterSpiritual wisdom and practice which meant that the very friendly but too narrow confines of CHURCH no longer was what I wanted to focus on. You can still see what I said about THE NEW CHURCH FOR THE NEW AGE on the Abundancetrek.com home page. You don’t have to scroll down very far. I wrote:

THE NEW CHURCH FOR THE NEW AGE is:
non-hierarchical, free, open, loving, caring, compassionate, healing, energizing, 
inclusive, humble, non-judgmental, fun, creative, yours, mine.

Christ never meant for the church to be a closed, hierarchical, authoritarian, nationalistic and denomination-alistic institution.

I still believe that but I now apply it to other Communities of Faith so it now reads:

THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH is:

non-hierarchical, free, open, loving, caring, compassionate, healing, energizing, inclusive, humble, non-judgmental, fun, creative, yours, mine.

Christ never meant for the church to be a closed, hierarchical, authoritarian, nationalistic and denomination-alistic institution. Same for the Faith Communities following The Buddha, Muhammad, Moses, Lao-Tse, and other Great Spiritual Teachers.

The book I associate most with this change in my thinking is The Future of Faith by Harvey Cox. But other books have also been significant including Credo by William Sloane CoffinThe Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith  by Marcus BorgFaith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience by Sharon Salzberg and Quantum Theology: Spiritual Implications of the New Physics by Diarmuid O’Murchu.

Let me try to whet your appetite for this discussion. How about reading excerpts from those five books. You can easily find the S&P  review by clicking on the title of the book. There you will find an excerpt link.

I would love to know how you define Faith and what teachers or teachings have influenced you the most.

Here are some quotes from my collection of quotes on Faith:

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

. . . faith is not belief; faith is courageous trust in life.  — Brother David Steindl-Rast

Questioning means longing to know the truth deeply, and insisting that we can. — Sharon Salzberg

Faith is, above all, openness: an act of trust in the unknown. -- Alan Watts

Faith his not being sure where you're going but going anyway. -- Frederick Buechner

Hope is hearing the melody of the future; faith is dancing to it today. -- Rubem Alves

Faith is the courageous confidence that trusts in the Source of all gifts. -- David Steindl-Rast

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 19


Here are YouTube links to a couple of river songs  (and waterfalls and sea) offered by Snatam Kaur and GuruGanesha Singh:

Water of Your Love by Snatam Kaur Lyrics

River by GuruGanesha Singh | Lyrics Version 

These two artists are renowned for their spiritual inspiration. I have found plenty of peace and inspiration sitting by streams.  Here at home I like to listen to mantras and chants and songs focusing on our deep connection to nature.  Our Amazing Journey is made so much more amazing as we connect to nature in any way we can.

Here are links to more information about these two artists:

Snatam Kaur wiki

S&P review Of Snatam Kaur CD Sacred Chants for Healing

 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

OUR AMAZING JOURNY -- 18


+ Here is a post I recently wrote for the Interfaith Coalition of Greater Utica MY GRANDMOTHER'S HANDS book study group > https://www.facebook.com/groups/533211157757483. You haven't missed much yet so join us. I will not be sharing anybody else's posts here. This is such an important book for motivation and guidance in anti-racism work. Our Amazing Journey can only get even more amazing as we heal this huge wound affecting us so deeply. Let’s do this.

+ One of the important points in chapter one is "Trauma is all about speed and reflexivity. This is why people need to work through trauma slowly, over time, and why they need to understand their own bodies’ processes of connecting and settling."

I am sure most of us here are not beginners when it comes to this work but also most of us have a ways to go to complete this work .... as if we can ever complete it.

What are some of the highlights of the work you have done so far and what are your some of your short term and long term goals?

Monday, January 17, 2022

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 17

MY GRANDMOTHER'S HANDS is the emphasis here for a while. Our Amazing Journey will get far more amazing if and when we finally deal with the horror of white body supremacy.  

Humanity stands at a crossroads between horror and hope. In choosing hope, we must seed a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to life drawing its inspiration from perennial spiritual and moral insights, intuition and experience. We call this new awareness interspiritual, implying not the homogenization of religion, but the recovering of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions. -- Brother Wayne Teasdale in The Mystic Heart

This quote does not come from MY GRANDMOTHER’S HANDS but I share it here because I think Brother Wayne got right to the heart of the depth of the crisis we are facing due to centuries of oppression, trauma, fear, prejudice, ignorance, denial and confusion.  I like the comprehensive approach of MY GRANDMOTHER’S HANDS.  We need a new way to deal with this crisis, a way which is spiritual and rational and thorough.  I urge us to take this book very seriously as a way forward filled with hope but not denying of the past and present and possible future.  It’s real.

You are invited to join the Interfaith Coalition of Greater Utica Facebook Group studying this book. Here's the link > https://www.facebook.com/groups/533211157757483

Thursday, January 13, 2022

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 16

+ Until more of us join the MY GRANDMOTHER'S HANDS study group, I intend to put posts and comments both here and there. Please join the group and please offer posts and comments there. > https://www.facebook.com/groups/533211157757483

Please join if you have read the book, if you are now reading the book and even if you have yet to read the book.

+ One of the things I really like about this book is its' spiritual focus throughout. Without advocating any particular religion, the author again and again offers wisdom from many sources, secular and religious. He then integrates this wisdom into mental, physical and spiritual practices which have the power to transform us, to make us new, to make us more human and more divine. What a gift! Overcoming white body supremacy through the hard work of facing the traumatic pain of centuries which has inflicted our bodies is a goal worth pursuing with all of our mind, heart, body and soul. Let this book be a guide for all of us to create the Beloved Community.

+ Here is a link to the Goodreads pages for this book > https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36167466-my-grandmother-s-hands

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 15

+ This is a post I intend to offer in several places on the web with the hope of encouraging people to participate in a group doing a study of MY GRANDMOTHER’S HANDS by Resmaa Menakem. 

+ MY GRANDMOTHER’S HANDS by Resmaa Menakem is a very important book. So, the Interfaith Coalition of Greater Utica is making a study of this book an emphasis for 2022. There will be Zoom meetings on the third Monday of each month.  There will be discussion on a Facebook group which has already begun but, don't worry, you haven't missed much yet. 

It is our hope that this study will go a long way in helping us to overcome the deep wounds which have been inflicted on our bodies and our society due to centuries of White Skin Supremacy.  The etymology of the word STUDY reveals that it comes from the Latin word studium meaning dedication, zeal and painstaking effort.  So, let's study this book with this understanding and this commitment to making a painstaking effort toward healing these deep wounds which have inflicted our bodies and our society for far too long.

There are practices offered in the book which are powerful, joyful and sometimes painful.  Many readers have said that there is emotional and even physical trauma associated with some of these practices which require time and effort and mental breaks for the transformation to take place.  But not avoiding the trauma is the main point of this book.  The book offers many practices aimed at white people, black people and police people with an awareness that the trauma is different for these three groups.    

Here are some quotes from the book which can begin to focus our discussion: 

·        Years as a healer and trauma therapist have taught me that trauma isn’t destiny. The body, not the thinking brain, is where we experience most of our pain, pleasure, and joy, and where we process most of what happens to us. It is also where we do most of our healing, including our emotional and psychological healing. And it is where we experience resilience and a sense of flow.

·        The answer to why so many of us have difficulties is because our ancestors spent centuries here under unrelentingly brutal conditions. Generation after generation, our bodies stored trauma and intense survival energy, and passed these on to our children and grandchildren. Most of us also passed down resilience and love, of course. But, as we saw with my grandmother—and as we see with so many other human beings—resilience and love aren’t sufficient to completely heal all trauma. Often, at least some of the trauma continues.

·        A key factor in the perpetuation of white-body supremacy is many people’s refusal to experience clean pain around the myth of race. Instead, usually out of fear, they choose the dirty pain of silence and avoidance and, invariably, prolong the pain. 

Perhaps this excellent review in Goodreads can also help > Lawrence's Review of My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts. You can read more about this reviewer at his website > lawrencebarrinerii.com


Wednesday, January 5, 2022

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 14


+ I found this Spiritual Practice offered recently by Spirituality & Practice very helpful and meaningful:

All of the rituals that Buddhists do, the chants and repeated actions, the sitting quietly, the slow movement, are techniques to help us develop the capacity to be fully present in each moment of our lives. They can lead, ideally, to a reverence for all the tasks and difficulties, the suffering, the opportunities for joy of daily life.  — Sandy Boucher in Opening the Lotus by Sandy Boucher

To Practice This Thought: Choose a task that you do daily, like brushing your teeth or setting the table for dinner, and consciously slow down the process, paying attention to each step and to the marvel of being able to act.

+ I am grateful for this practice and for the many practices from a great variety of sources which S&P offers day to day.

+ For the past 2 years I have participated regularly in the Lotus Heart Zen sangha based in Oneida NY and available via the internet in a variety of ways including the Sunday morning gathering. The Guiding Teacher of this sangha is the very wise and compasionate Myohye Do'an. For 5 years I have participated in a weekly Meditation & Mindfulness group which is also led by Myohye Do'an.  This group has met at the UU church in Utica NY but lately has met virtually. It is found on the web at One Point Mind.  I have been blessed by this participation in two communities where the practices which "develop the capacity to be fully present in each moment of our lives" have been taught by an amazing teacher.  

Monday, November 15, 2021

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 13


+ This is the twelfth post on Relationships, the current emphasis here as we enjoy Our Amazing Journey and seek to grow in our wisdom, practices and commitment.

As Jacob Boehme puts it, “I am a string in the concert of God’s joy.”  . . . We need to experience our own personal aliveness as part of that greater cosmic aliveness. When I become “a string in the instrument of God’s joy,’” I am “sounded through” by the music, and in that sounding, a harmonic resonance with all the other instruments, is revealed both my irreplaceable uniqueness and my inescapable belonging.” — Cynthia Bourgeault, The Wisdom Way of Knowing

This quote was offered by One Spirit on 11/12/21.

I think that affirming our “irreplaceable uniqueness” and “inescapable belonging” has to do with claiming our birthright. 

Here is how Ken Keyes, Jr. put it in The Handbook to Higher Consciousness:

I am perceiving everyone, including myself, as an awakening being who is here to claim his or her birthright to the higher consciousness planes of unconditional love and oneness. (Twelfth of the 12 Pathways to Higher Consciousness)

I often recite all 12 of these pathways.  Pathways 7 to 9 are particularly devoted to our relationships:

7. I open myself genuinely to all people by being willing to communicate my deepest feelings, since hiding in any degree keeps me stuck in my illusion of separateness from others.

8. I feel with loving compassion the problems of others without getting caught up emotionally in their predicaments that are offering them messages they need for their growth.

9. I act freely when I am tuned in, centered and loving and if possible I avoid acting when I am emotionally upset and depriving myself of the wisdom that flows from love and expanded consciousness.

So, strive to reach that level of consciousness where you don’t have to hide but can gently, sensitively and honestly be yourself as you engage in your relationships. Share your “irreplaceable uniqueness” in wise and compassionate ways. 

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+ Please join THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH facebook group where you can offer and read comments > https://www.facebook.com/groups/567789840446209

Thursday, November 11, 2021

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 12


+ This is the eleventh post on the topic of Relationships.  I hope it is helpful to you as you seek to be transformed into the person of your greatest ideals on your amazing journey.

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically – kind, fair, true, generous – but to be that time after time, you need courage.

-- Maya Angelou

It takes courage to pursue the task, day after day, breath after breath, of bringing more and more compassion, peace, justice and sustainable abundance to all when there seems to be so much resistance in so many ways from so many quarters.  But this is nothing new and we can remember that there is indeed a moral arc bending toward justice as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so often said. 

 Take a moment right now, right here, to renew your commitment to the struggle to bring about the vision of a brighter day. Focus on a relationship where your loving presence can be a light to another.  We all have different ways to express our commitment, our faith, our determination.  What is your special way to motivate yourself and others?  

 Perhaps you have seen my credo before.  I like to repeat it often:

We are intimately, intricately, infinitely connected in a matrix of
unconditional, unlimited, uniting Love
which is miraculous, mysterious and marvelous.

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+ Please join THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH facebook group where you can offer and read comments > https://www.facebook.com/groups/567789840446209

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 11


+ I am seeing some synchronicity going on as the One Spirit Daily Inspiration posts are coming through with Relationship quotes.

To perceive the soul of the Earth requires a sense of what the Taoists call the way of life, the fact that everything in our world is in relationship to everything else, that nothing is itself without everything else, and that anything that seems to be a distinct thing is actually an element or strand in a larger pattern.

— Geneen Marie Haugin

This was the One Spirit Daily Inspiration on 11/8/21

No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.

— Alfred North Whitehead

This was the One Spirit Daily Inspiration on 11/3/21

+ It is so easy for us to feel separate from everybody else and everything else.  It takes that surrender to the Tao or to a mystical awe which can overcome that separation.  It doesn’t come easy.  It can take years of practice but it is worth it.  I am sure you know that. 

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+ I get the One Spirit Daily Inspiration via E-Mail.  You can also find them on their Facebook page > https://www.facebook.com/1SpiritOrg

+ Please join THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH facebook group where you can offer and read comments > https://www.facebook.com/groups/567789840446209


Saturday, November 6, 2021

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 10


I am a humble and compassionate companion on your amazing journey. 

All of our relationships matter.  This affirmation is something I intend to offer to you and everyone and everything.  My first thought as I write this (on 11/5/21) is the dog lying on one of our living room chairs.  I am Meriah's humble and compassionate companion … even though she wrecked a pair of my reading glasses yesterday. Then I looked out the window and looked at the trees across the street. I am their humble and compassionate companion. In another living room chair right now sits Mary and I certainly am her humble and compassionate companion … well at times anyway … for 52 plus years of marriage and 57 plus years of being a best friend. I can name many more people and things. My vow is to be a humble and compassionate companion to all . I have a long, long way to go.  How can I be your humble and compassionate companion on your amazing journey? 

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+ Please join THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH facebook group where you can offer and read comments > https://www.facebook.com/groups/567789840446209

Friday, November 5, 2021

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 9

+ We continue with a focus on the importance of working on our relationships.

What is missing in mainstream consciousness is an awareness of ourselves as members of the human family, the Universe, and the Earth community. We tend to ignore that our cells and bodies are part of the creative history of evolution. That our atoms are part of the history of the Cosmos. Peace and gratitude arise naturally in our hearts when we take more time to reflect upon how we are each a part of a much greater whole. -- Albert Einstein 

This is the One Spirit Daily Inspiration for November 5, 2021

Albert Einstein gets to the heart of our need for meaningful relationships.  We are all in this together as one evolving creation.  We need each other.  We depend on each other.  We must strive to appreciate and understand every person and every  creature.

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+ Please join THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH facebook group where you can offer and read comments > https://www.facebook.com/groups/567789840446209

Thursday, November 4, 2021

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 8

 + "All human beings are alone. No other person will completely feel like we do, think like we do, act like we do. Each of us is unique, and our aloneness is the other side of our uniqueness. The question is whether we let our aloneness become loneliness or whether we allow it to lead us into solitude. Loneliness is painful; solitude is peaceful. Loneliness makes us cling to others in desperation; solitude allows us to respect others in their uniqueness and create community.

"Letting our aloneness grow into solitude and not into loneliness is a lifelong struggle. It requires conscious choices about whom to be with, what to study, how to pray, and when to ask for counsel. But wise choices will help us to find the solitude where our hearts can grow in love." – Henri Nouwen in The Dance of Life

+ Our relationships are important. There are relationships which need our attention so that we can be truly humble and compassionate companions on the amazing journey of others.  We do this best by using our times of solitude for that illuminating, mysterious, miraculous connection which creates more wisdom and compassion for our own amazing journeys and the amazing journeys of others.

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+ Please join THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH facebook group where you can offer and read comments > https://www.facebook.com/groups/567789840446209

Sunday, October 31, 2021

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 7

 

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I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people:

that each protects the solitude of the other.

-- Rainer Maria Rilke

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It is in solitude that I find the deep gentleness with which I can truly love others.

— Thomas Merton

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Language has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone. There is no place to which we could flee from God, which is outside of God.  – Paul Tillich

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Fortunately I have been blessed by a number of significant relationships where my solitude has been protected.  I cherish my solitude and I know that my amazing journey benefits immensely when I move into a time and space of solitude. But I also know that loneliness can come all too quickly and the joys of solitude can quickly diminish.  I need you.

Whenever I do the Spiritual Styles Preference Tool which is offered by Spiritual Paths Relationships does not come out on or near the top.  I prefer Wisdom, Contemplation, Imagination, Arts, Prayer and Mysticism. For some, Relationships come naturally and easily, If you are in that category and are also reading this, I suspect you know how important Solitude is and can appreciate what Rilke said here. 

 The Spiritual Styles Preference Tool js free. You don’t need to sign up for a course.  Once you do it you will get an email with a circle chart and a bar chart indicating your preferences.  We are all different .  Recognizing what comes naturally as a spiritual style and what doesn’t can be a useful awareness on your amazing journey.  Keep working at and enjoying those styles which you prefer but don’t neglect to work on the other styles which can add to the joy as you become more and more integrated.  

The twelve styles are:

·         The Arts

·         The Body

·         Contemplation & Meditation

·         Devotion

·         Imagination

·         Love

·         Mystic

·         Nature

·         Prayer

·         Reason

·         Relationships

·         Wisdom

For illuminating descriptions of each style. please read Mandala: Creating An Authentic Spiritual Path: An InterSpiritual Process by Edward Bastian. Ed offers short videos on each style on the ISM app (InterSpiriuall Meditation App) which you can add to your devices.  Search for ISM. I know that you don’t have to scroll down too far at Play Store before you get to it.  But if you search for “Interspiritual” it comes up on top.

Ed has created the amazing Spiritual Paths website which offers two courses, InterSpiritual Meditation and InterSpiritual Mandala. I would love to be your InterSpiritual Mentor and guide you through one or both of these courses.  It is easy to register and it is only $8 per month to be a member and have access to these 2 wonderful courses.

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Friday, October 29, 2021

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 6



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In times of deep darkness, we not only need light — we need to be light for one another.

-- Parker J. Palmer

Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light. 

-- Dr. Albert Schweitzer

+ I invite you to reflect on one or more of those sacred encounters which rekindled your inner light.  And maybe you can think of one or more in which you did it for someone else.  Our gratitude for our relationships is a foundation for the creation of more compassion, peace, justice and sustainable abundance for all.  As we work on our relationships we shine brighter and brighter as individuals and as communities making a difference.  

+ The Style of Relationships is one of the 12 spiritual styles of Mandala: Creating An Authentic Spiritual Path: An InterSpiritual Process by Edward Bastian which are are listed in SE206. We are all different and need to find our own paths.

+ Please join THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH facebook group where you can offer and read comments > https://www.facebook.com/groups/567789840446209

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 5


+

Silence is God's first language;

everything else is a poor translation.

In order to hear that language,

we must learn to be still and rest in God.

-- Thomas Keating in Invitation to Love

 +“Today was a difficult day …” >  https://www.facebook.com/jenean.gain/posts/10221366436611427

 "Today was a Difficult Day," said Pooh.

There was a pause.

"Do you want to talk about it?" asked Piglet.

"No," said Pooh after a bit. "No, I don't think I do."

"That's okay," said Piglet, and he came and sat beside his friend.

"What are you doing?" asked Pooh.

"Nothing, really," said Piglet. "Only, I know what Difficult Days are like. I quite often don't feel like talking about it on my Difficult Days either.

"But goodness," continued Piglet, "Difficult Days are so much easier when you know you've got someone there for you. And I'll always be here for you, Pooh."

And as Pooh sat there, working through in his head his Difficult Day, while the solid, reliable Piglet sat next to him quietly, swinging his little legs...he thought that his best friend had never been more right."

-- A.A. Milne

+ Don’t you just love Pooh and Piglet? What a wonderful story about the most basic requirement of a caring relationship: simply being there with a silence which is more powerful than any words. Silence in any relationship can be a real gift to each person involved.

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+ The Style of Relationships is one of the 12 spiritual styles of Mandala: Creating An Authentic Spiritual Path: An InterSpiritual Process by Edward Bastian which are are listed in SE206. We are all different and need to find our own paths.

+ Please join THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH facebook group where you can offer and read comments > https://www.facebook.com/groups/567789840446209


Thursday, October 28, 2021

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 4

+ This is the third post on the current focus: Relationships.

Everyone you meet knows

something you don’t know

but need to know.

Learn from them.

-- Carl Jung

Our Amazing Journey becomes more and more amazing and fulfilled as we discover and appreciate the wonderful blessing each and every person offers us.

Perhaps you can ponder an encounter you have had recently where you learned something you needed to know as you continue on your amazing journey of life. I am sure that over the years you have had many such encounters which you may want to remember and give thanks.

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+ Please join THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH facebook group where you can offer and read comments. 

+ The Style of Relationships is one of the 12 spiritual styles of Mandala: Creating An Authentic Spiritual Path: An InterSpiritual Process by Edward Bastian which are are listed in SE206. We are all different and need to find our own paths.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 3

One important way to learn how to relate to others with compassion and appreciation is to seek wisdom from other cultures and traditions. For example, Ubuuntu is a wonderful way to build and sustain compassionate community:    

In our country, we speak of something called ubuuntu. When I want to praise you, the highest praise I can give you is to say, you have ubuuntu — this person has what it takes to be a human being. This is a person who recognizes that he exists only because others exist: a person is a person through other persons. When we say you have ubuuntu, we mean that you are gentle, you are compassionate, you are hospitable, you want to share, and you care about the welfare of others. This is because my humanity is caught up in your humanity. So when I dehumanize others, whether I like it or not, inexorably, I dehumanize myself. For we can only by human, we can only be free, together. To forgive is actually the best form of self-interest. — Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu is a retired Anglican ArchBishop who played an important part in ending apartheid in South Africa.  He made Ubuuntu come alive when he led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which was a process of healing after the apartheid finally ended and the long oppressed black majority took power.  We would all gain so much by learning and applying this process.  Healing from centuries of oppression is needed by much of humanity in many places.   The healing is needed by those who have oppressed as well as those who have been oppressed. The world needs ubuuntu.

+ The Style of Relationships is one of the 12 spiritual styles of Mandala: Creating An Authentic Spiritual Path: An InterSpiritual Process by Edward Bastian which are are listed in SE206. We are all different and need to find our own paths.