This last point reminds me of something Dr Paul Gilbert, creator of Compassion Focussed Therapy said recently: that turning
When we plant seeds in a perfect habitat - the right amount of water at the right times, appropriate amount of sunlight, most suitable soil type and tilth - they flourish, coming alive in front of our eyes. What does flourishing mean for people and what "habitat" fosters it? Can we learn something from this for how the environment might flourish when humans interact with it?
We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness
Perhaps the couch potato's life isn't always bad -- especially when mammoth powers shove us down, sit on us, and give us an excuse. We can't get up. It's not our fault. We're forced to renew our perspectives, nurture our prayer lives, and learn from other captives. Christian activists like me might even rekindle the "Christian" part.
Imagine how free you would feel if you could rid yourself of your fear and live each moment to the fullest. That is one of the promises of a "death awareness" practice that is most enticing.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God (Matthew 5:8). [Writing about St. Benedict] That quality of reverence
Reading the Book of Nature requires getting in tune with it by spending time outdoors and by developing attitudes and approaches to life that facilitate communicating with other creatures and hearing and seeing God in her works.
What we are doing is learning how to love everything God has made, so that we as humans and individuals remove ourselves from our illusory position at the center of the universe and put God there instead.
We must honor our thoughts. We must continuously examine our lives as they are now and as we want them to be. And we must define success for ourselves and have the audacity to believe in our definition.