Saturday, August 15
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Becoming Earthlings

Becoming Earthlings

Article Review, Astronomy, community, curiosity, extraterrestrial intelligences, heart, Milky Way, Rationality, Science, SETI, Spirituality, Universe, wonder, world
It might be a good idea to save this “Skeptics Collection” column, print it off, and put it in a safe-deposit box or a time capsule. You see, this post is going to be in the nature of a movie review. Sorta. Kinda. I normally do not do movie reviews, and consider movie reviews about as relevant to me, personally, as a bicycle is to a fish. Or a condom to a Republican. (Sorry … couldn’t resist!) But I am going to make an exception in the case of the recent and justly renowned Matt Damon science-fiction movie The Martian. Virtually all the reviews I have read concentrate on the movie as a paean to international cooperation, the STEM disciplines, and an essential optimism about the ability of the human species to triumph over catastrophe. All that is true. The Martian is all those things. But ...

Eyes to See– Prayerful Tuesday

At-One-Ment, awareness, Blessings, Creation, Creator, creator senses, gift, Grace, Gratitude, Healing, healing moment, inner peace, journey, Joy, life, listen, mindfulness, Nature, peace, photo, Photography, poem, Poetry, prayer, Renewal, Rest, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Uncategorized, Universe, Wholeness, wonder
Today my prayer offering is a Celtic poem that reminds us to stop and see the world around us, To see the creator in all that we encounter.  The Pearl of Great Price will be found not in your wallet, or fame, rather  it is in the a field of flowers bright with sunshine, an elderly person who welcomes your presence, a babe in arms who snuggles into your heart.  Let those who have eyes to see and hears to hear. The Bright Field I have seen the sun break through to illuminate a small field for a while, and gone on my way and forgotten it. But that was the pearl of great price, the one field that had the treasure in it. I realize now that I must give all that I have to possess it. Life is not hurrying on to a receding future, nor hankering after an imagined past. It is the turning aside like...

Audientes Divina, or Hearing God – Prayerful Tuesday

At-One-Ment, awareness, Blessings, Chanting, Comfort, Creation, Creativity, creator senses, gift, God, Grace, Gratitude, Healing, Hebrew Scripture, Holy Mystery, Hope, inner peace, Journaling, journey, life, listen, meditation, meditation with music, mindfulness, music, Mystery, peace, prayer, praying with music, Psalm, reflection, Rest, spiritual practice, Stillness, The Divine, Uncategorized, Voice of the Divine, wonder
Psalm 95:7 For he is our God, . . . O that today you would hearken to his voice! In the last couple of weeks as I have been recuperating from back surgery I have listened to a fair amount of music.  Music centers me and reduces the amount of pain I have which means I can take fewer pain meds and that means fewer side effects. As I was listening one day to Barbers “Adigio for Strings” I realized I was practicing a form of Lectio Divina, I hadn’t noticed doing that before and since then have purposely practiced what I call Audientes (that’s Latin for hearing) Divina.  I have discovered some interesting insights and, I must admit, a greater sense of being as I went deeper into the music, or rather the music went deeper into me. So I don’t know if anyone else has ever practiced this before, ...