Inspiration

Sunday inspiration on the search for faith and meaning

photo by Aaron Siladi

As I write this, humanity is in crisis around the world – a global pandemic which already strains the world’s economic and humanitarian systems.  In the scope of days, our world has changed and our lives will likely not be the same for quite some time.

Pope Francis recently said in his meditation on calming the storm:

The storm exposes our vulnerability and uncovers those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules, our projects, our habits and priorities. It shows us how we have allowed to become dull and feeble the very things that nourish, sustain and strengthen our lives and our communities. The tempest lays bare all our prepackaged ideas and forgetfulness of what nourishes our people’s souls; all those attempts that anesthetize us with ways of thinking and acting that supposedly “save” us, but instead prove incapable of putting us in touch with our roots and keeping alive the memory of those who have gone before us. We deprive ourselves of the antibodies we need to confront adversity.

In this storm, the façade of those stereotypes with which we camouflaged our egos, always worrying about our image, has fallen away, uncovering once more that (blessed) common belonging, of which we cannot be deprived: our belonging as brothers and sisters.

read more here…  He then ruins it for me by saying don’t worry, if you have enough faith the Lord will protect you.  Religion promises that if you’re a good person good things will happen to you, and that if you have enough faith the Lord will save you from bad things, and I don’t see that life works that way.  In a […]

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By |2020-03-29T12:31:58-04:00March 29th, 2020|Inspiration|8 Comments

Sunday Inspiration: For the Interim Time

The spread of the Coronavirus is probably the single biggest event to occur in our time because it affects the entire global community.  It’s frightening, and confusing – and yet if we take a broader view it makes so much sense.  Many of us have been shouting about climate change.  The world is overheating, and species are dying off.  Poor nutrition and lifestyle choices are wreaking havoc on human health, even in the so-called “blue zones” where people historically have lived to be 100.  This has already threatened to overburden the health care systems around the world.  Wealth inequity has made kings of many, and paupers of even more.  I do believe that nature, and Universal Intelligence, are always striving for balance and the world is out of balance.  

Then along comes this virus to stay STOP. With far less driving and flying, air pollution from carbon emissions is already clearing and greenhouse gases will abate.  With nobody traveling,  the ecological damage caused by overtourism will begin to heal itself.  People are having to stay home and cook, potentially helping to create improved nutrition and health.  Neighbors are helping and supporting each other.  Most of us will come out of this a lot poorer than we began, but perhaps we will be richer in the things that matter.  There is a sense that we are all in this together.  

We don’t know how this will unfold, how long it will take, or what our fate will be in the end.  We are in the time of in-between.  So I offer this poem by John O’Donohue, a favorite of mine, and wish you peace and comfort for the coming days. 


For the Interim Time

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By |2020-03-22T08:59:29-04:00March 22nd, 2020|Inspiration|15 Comments

Sunday Poetry: For a New Beginning

Photo of Balbriggan Beach, Ireland, by Martin McNamara

In honor of the waning of the conjunction of Saturn to Pluto, I offer these magical words from one of my favorite writers, John O’Donohue. 

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

From his book ‘To Bless the Space Between Us‘ (US) / Benedictus (Europe)

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By |2020-03-01T09:31:30-05:00March 1st, 2020|Inspiration|4 Comments

Sunday poetry: Awake to the Name

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Awake to the Name

To be born in a human body is rare,
Don’t throw away the reward of your past good deeds.
Life passes in an instant— the leaf doesn’t go
back to the branch.
The ocean of rebirth sweeps up all beings hard,
Pulls them into its cold-running, fierce, implacable currents.
Giridhara, your name is the raft, the one safe-passage over.
Take me quickly.
All the awake ones travel with Mira, singing the name.
She says with them: Get up, stop sleeping—
the days of a life are short.

~Mirabai

 

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By |2020-02-22T17:31:20-05:00February 23rd, 2020|Inspiration|0 Comments

Sunday inspiration: The journey to the Divine

With Jupiter in a sextile to Neptune now, culminating next week, I thought this piece holds a key to the awakening that is possible under the Jupiter/Neptune combination. ❤️

The deepest domain of your psyche, the most unconscious domain of your psyche, needs consciousness to become self-aware—hence the spiritual impulse. It comes and gets you. Then we attach our agenda to it, like “I hope this makes me feel better, and makes my life more complete.” And that’s fine. It will use that, too. It’s understandable that we add on our human hopes not to suffer so much. But this impulse actually originates beyond the pleasure principle. It’s about something else.

The journey is actually in both directions. We need the divine, and it needs us every bit as much as we need it. It needs the consciousness. That’s basically what spirituality is: You’re making conscious the domains of human experience that are generally unconscious. That’s why you feel the pull, and you don’t know where it is coming from or where is it going. You wonder, “Why do I care about all this?” It means it’s coming from a domain of your being or your psyche that’s unconscious to you. You’re just conscious of the pull or the yearning. That yearning is not just yours; it actually originates from its completion.

So when we go into that deep domain, some dimension of consciousness comes in, and all of a sudden it’s like the lights come on. It’s awake, and when it’s awake, all the yearning ceases. The seeking ceases. The seeker ceases. It all just drops away, because it’s been satisfied. It’s not so much the human that’s been satisfied; that dimension of consciousness has […]

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By |2020-02-16T08:08:38-05:00February 16th, 2020|Inspiration|5 Comments