Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Years 2018

New Year 2018

Transformation usually includes a disconcerting reorientation. Change can either help people to find a new meaning, or it can cause people to close down and turn bitter. The difference is determined by the quality of our inner life, or what we call “spirituality.” Change of itself just happens; spiritual transformation is an active process of letting go, living in the confusing dark space for a while, and allowing yourself to be spit up on a new and unexpected shore.
                                                                                                     Richard Rohr

Another year
Another mess
More greed, more hate
More violence, more death
More poverty, more oppression

Yet each year we celebrate and ending
And herald a new beginning

It seems we have problem

And the problem is we want change
Not transformation
We want to change our habits
But now our hearts, our souls, our minds

But our habits don’t change, unless we change our hearts, our souls, our minds

And that isn’t just change
That is transformation
And transformation
Is a process

A scary, troubling process
It is letting go of what as been
Spinning for a while over the abyss

Like a high flying trapeze artist
Suspect over, nothing

And then only then, after those moments of sheer terror
Do we find something to hang on to
That something new
That something next

And that… well we are never quite sure what it is going to be
When we first let go of what was

It is often unexpected
Sometimes challenging
Often scary

But it is what is next
And there is always a “next”

So this New Year
Don’t resolve to change some habits
Take a moment to breath
And think
Pray, meditate

Then let go
And grab hold, of God’s new thing

Happy New Year!

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