Buddhism

Mindful Monday

awareness, Buddhism, mindfulness
Wherever we walk, whether it's the railway station or the supermarket, we are walking on the earth, and so we are in a holy sanctuary. If we remember to walk like that, we can be nourished and find solidity with each step. --Thich Nhat Hanh What are you noticing about how you walk? Photo credit: "10.Labyrinth.GWP.NW.WDC.13September2012," Elvert Barnes, 2012.

Faith, Sight, And Plato’s Cave

"Life" Issues, Abrahamic Traditions, awareness, bible, Buddhism, Christianity, conflict, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, epistemology, Ethics, faith, God, monotheism, Plato, postmodernism, Religion, Secularity, Trump
Like any other ideology-based group or community, Christian communities – churches and even entire denominations – have their own hortatory idioms, their own shibboleths, often drawn from the biblical text itself. One of the biggies for me, growing up as a fundamentalist Baptist, was “Saved by grace through faith,” right out of Ephesians 2:8-9. As a Catholic, I remember being admonished to “Follow your [i.e., my] vocation [or sometimes ‘calling’]”.  As a non-fundamentalist but still conservative evangelical Christian, I well remember assurances that “God has a wonderful plan for your [my] life” (usually those exact words). Now, just so there is no misunderstanding, most of the time, these exhortations are just harmless rhetoric. (Usually … there are exceptions, e.g., the “Follow