This past few days on a spiritual search has produced insights and reminders that are timely and sobering. They are also uplifting and full of promise…..that is the way of the search. For the wanna be extraordinary elder a review of your core values and how you are relating to the world with your best self is an ongoing journey. To be as authentic as possible in this chaotic world, it is important, I think, to recharge your spiritual energy frequently. I would also remind you, especially the people who have been in my class, that religion and spirituality are not interchangeable words. Spirituality is as HUGE a topic as religion becasue it too is a way of feeling and living and being true to your values.
Below are some quotes and stories that have come to my attention that are best shared.
Pooh: “What day is it?” Piglet: “It’s today .”
Pooh” “My favorite day.” A.A. Milne
Joan Chittister, in her book The Gift of Years, speaks of the spiritual task of later life–embracing the blessings of this time and overcoming the burdens of it.
“The world is a mirror, and it reflects back to everyone the image of their own face”-from a story about the Krishna teaching perception.
In the pocket Pema Chodron this page touched my heart. This is my favorite idea from this spiritual search period.
“When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You’re able to keep your eyes open, your heart open and your mind open. And you notice when you get caught up in prejudice, bias and aggression. You develop an enthusiasm for no longer watering those negative seeds, from now until the day you die. And, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently.
This was in an email note from friends at The Conflict Center in Denver:
The Season for Nonviolence was established by Arun Gandhi, Mohandas Gandhi’s grandson, as a yearly event celebrating the philosophies and lives of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. The season begins with the anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi’s assassination on January 30 and ends with the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination on April 4.
The vision and values advanced throughout the 64 days of the Season for Nonviolence inspire our work everyday to promote peace, justice, inclusively, equality and compassion.
And finally, one of my favorite quotes of all time by that master of quotes. Rumi, the popular Persian poet.
‘As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.’
I am here now, ( Mindfulness)