Is the life your are living the life that wants to live in you? ~Parker Palmer
All there will ever be is what's happening here, and the decisions we make in this moment, which are based in either love or fear. ~Jim Carrey
If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it. ~Father Richard Rohr
How can we use what we know and understand about human behavior and monastic spiritual practices to bridge healthy practices from psychology and religion? What if we used the wisdom of our ancestors and the scientific knowledge we now have to practice in ways that unify rather than divide and manipulate?
Unless someone like you (each of us) cares (practices) a whole awful lot, it is not going to get better. It's not. ~The Lorax, Dr. Seuss
Who am I?
Who was I made to be and become? How have I been shaped and formed through all of the experiences and relationships I've had up to this point? What matters most to me? Is there something greater in store for me that I am not perceiving or retrieving? I seem to know what I want and what I care about but I get swept away by those around me at work, at home, or in my friend groups. Why do I keep finding myself in the same situation or place repeatedly?
Can I find peace in me?
What am I to do?
Practices from various traditions and sources help us;
-See through our patterns and fears so that we can connect with the opportunities in each moment.
-Connect with our deepest held values.
-Develop new patterns that are based on our values and our respect for each other.
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Where is my village?
What depth of meaning and understanding can develop through a community that has a shared language and practices compassion together, one that holds each other in light rather than in judgment and competition?
How much more could each of us get out of our time together in friendships, familes, book groups, professional networks, church communities, and project teams?
How can we meet our needs for respect, leisure, play, connection, competence, and purpose in our existing circles?