Monday, September 21

way of life

Rites of passage, ritual of return, sabbath, Sabbatical, Sacred Writing, solitide, solitude, spiritual practice, Waiting, way of life, Wholeness, Wilderness
"Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god."--Aristotle "I'm not anti-social; I'm pro-solitude."--Beth Buelow "We live, in fact,  in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship."--C. S. Lewis "One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude."--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I've been spending a lot of time alone lately. Even though I'm really high on the introvert scale, I've always equated excessive time alone with loneliness. It's only been recently that I've understood that being alone is vital to my well-being. I didn't realize that inspiration is easier to allow in solitude. I didn't realize that I can hear myself think more clearly when I sit alone and quietly. ...

on being human—Prayerful Tuesday

"Life" Issues, Compassion, death, Dr. Kent Brantly, entering into suffering, faith, faithfulness, God, Gospel of Matthew, Grace, Grief, Hebrew Scripture, Holy Mystery, Human Condition, Jesus, journey, justice, Karen Armstrong, mercy, Micah, news, our 3 brains, Pain and Suffering, peace and justice, Quote, The long and difficult road, Uncategorized, violence, war, way of life
Matthew 25:36 “I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” One of the books I read while I was on my sabbatical was Fields of Blood, Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong.[1]  As always I was impressed with her writing and level of scholarship but more than that in this book Ms Armstrong lays out the reasons for our love of violence and power. Right at the beginning she identifies one of the factors in our continuing struggle between living in a harmonious world or living in a power driven world, the construction of our brains.  We have 3 brains, the old brain or reptilian brain is responsible for our fight or flight actions. It drives us to defend our territory for food and other resources, it is the ...