There is something bloodless in the contemporary vision of spirituality as part of a general fitness scheme, that sees it only as a means for attaining a life of perfection and health. The romantic element brings it down to earth and connects it once again with ordinary emotions and struggles. The romantic spirit doesn’t aim to resolve those conflicts but to embrace them and imagine human existence with a depth of vision not thinned out by the need to improve or save. The romantic wants life to be rich and complex. In romantic spirituality we both enjoy and endure our individual quirks and destiny. Suffering is valuable because it brings us into our humanity. We live intimately and generously. We love and lose, bind and separate. We become attached and are forced to move on. In spite of bad health or emotional confusion we go on into life. I fear that by ignoring the romantic depths we make religion too clean and abstract, and therefore ignore its soul…..Thomas Moore
celebrating our complexity is a deepening of soul work….allow for strange nuances in the way our life flows….this is living sensually, in the depths….no, it’s not all clear, not idealistic, not predictable……this romantic vision brings us into the moments of our lives…..celebrates the mess of love..
Anything that removes what grows between our hearts and the day is spiritual. It might be the look of a loved one stirring their coffee as morning light surprises their groggy eyes. It might be the realization while watching a robin build its nest that you are only a temporary being in this world. It might be a fall on ice that reminds you of the humility of your limitations. The aim of all spiritual paths, no matter their origin or the rigors of their practice, is to help us live more fully in the lives we are given. In this way, whatever comes from a moment’s grace that joins us to our lives and to each other- this is spiritual…..Mark Nepo
The more materialistic Science becomes
the more angels shall I paint.