I wrote some thoughts out this morning, for the purpose of writing this post. But, I am experiencing some resistance in actually doing that. Why? I feel like I'm coming out of some sort of spiritual closet. The thing is, I don't know my answer to the title question. I mean, I believe in "God" … Continue reading Do you believe in God?
Maybe the last thing the world needs right now is another rant about street harassment, but seriously, how many complaints is it going to take for these men to realize that it's degrading, disgusting, and doesn't work if your goal is to pick up a woman (at least, I hope it doesn't work)! How many up-and-down looks, … Continue reading What can we do about street harassment?
Speaking of expanding the ego, part - if not most - of what has offered me so much insight is a couple of personality frameworks, namely the Myers-Briggs and Enneagram. One thing that I've come to understand better through the Myers-Briggs, though I'm certainly no expert, is the complexities of the introversion/extraversion spectrum. First of … Continue reading Speaking of the ego…
At some point on my spiritual journey, I thought that maybe I was supposed to give up my ego. I mean, that's what all of those spiritual leaders say, right? We're supposed to break down our egos, dissolve them so that we walk around the planet as the essence of love itself. Even people who … Continue reading What’s this ego thing about?
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFp6OR5ELJv/?taken-by=revchelseamac In 1964, no political party in Mississippi really wanted blacks to have any voting rights. Even the Democratic party, which is seen as a champion of civil rights, was still pretty conservative in Mississippi, and they did things like using poll taxes and literacy tests to prevent blacks from registering to vote. So, some folks decided … Continue reading How can I keep from singing?
This morning, a friend of mine posted a crowd-sourced fundraiser for a service trip to Greece to aid Syrian refugees. As I read about his desires and plans for the trip, something in me shifted, like a camera lens coming into focus. I thought, I want to go, I have to go. I had almost forgotten about … Continue reading How should I help?
In regards to this blog, I've had a few more thoughts on the topic... Ancient traditions offer a great deal of guidance and wisdom for spiritual development. As we talked about at the roundtable discussion last week, religions act as technologies, offering tools for connecting to the divine and making sense of the world. I won't … Continue reading What’s the deal with interspirituality? cont.
Last week, I attended a roundtable discussion featuring a Christian sanyasi visiting from Shantivanam, the ashram of the late Father Bede Griffiths. I could probably write about a half dozen blogs from that conversation alone! Some major thinkers from the interspiritual community were there and my poor little brain was on full throttle! More on all … Continue reading What’s the deal with interspirituality?
This morning, my brother, Brendan, called from Los Angeles to tell me about the exciting video shoot he had over the weekend. He operated a camera for a live feed of a school fundraiser. Why was it so exciting, you may ask? Many of the kids who attend this school are children of celebrities and a … Continue reading What is the Golden Shadow?
At today's retreat, a friend offered this question as a writing prompt for the group. After some time of reflection and journaling, everyone came together for sharing. Several people mentioned that they needed discipline. Sticking with a regular meditation practice can be hard! They admitted that they struggle with overcoming laziness in order to establish a … Continue reading What do you most need right now for your spiritual life and practice?