Gratitude is much closer to relinquishment than it is to attainment. We are most in touch with the heart of gratitude as we relinquish our self-centered ideas about how our life should be or how we would like it to look. As our ideals and models for some fantasied life fall away, sometimes through active letting go in practice and sometimes because life simply defeats our hopes and dreams, we are left with the bare essentials of living -- our breath, our beating heart, the wind, the birds, the sun and moon. And it is in the ongoing release of our ideas about life that life can then come to us, just as it is, and we can experience the gratitude of this immense and incomprehensible gift. --Flint Sparks What are you noticing about gratitude as relinquishment? ... for Mindful Monday ......
For me coloring is a spiritual practice. It grounds, centers, and calms my spirit. I often find myself wondering off in my mind as I color and find myself praying or in deep thought. Tonite I am dealing with a host of complex emotions and I’m truly grateful for the spiritual practice of coloring as I learn to process these complex emotions. It is amazing what the simple act of coloring can do for me. More next week on the complex emotions. What spiritual practice(s) are you grateful for or what ones do you turn to when you face complex emotions? Brian Lee
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Even if you reject the “metaphysics” of Christianity – the Incarnation, the miracles, the bodily Resurrection, etc. -- you still have to deal with Christianity as an ethical system, and by that measure there are Gospel texts that, perhaps because of their very simplicity, challenge the current conservative ethic of “I’ve got mine, Jack, so screw you”. One such text is the story of Jesus’ encounter with the blind beggar, Bartimaeus, on the road leaving Jericho. But matters are not that straightforward. For it is easy enough, in fact, borderline-trivial, to understand the story as a critique of contemporary conservative Republican attitudes toward any form of material assistance to the indigent. What is usually overlooked is that the story contains a very recessed and implicit critique