wise is not perfect

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It’s important to say what hope is not: it is not the belief that everything was, is, or will be fine. The evidence is all around us of tremendous suffering and tremendous destruction. The hope I’m interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act. It’s also not a sunny everything-is-getting-better narrative, though it may be a counter to the everything-is-getting-worse narrative. You could call it an account of complexities and uncertainties, with openings.  ~Rebecca Solnit

forget the fairy tales, but remember the beauty and the joy….forget the ‘getting it all right’ but remember to reflect wisely and honestly…..be real….be here…..be you……

The whole question of cultivating self-compassion is at the heart of wise aging. You can cultivate a contemplative life so that you can catch the stories that you’re telling yourself that actually are no longer true. Maybe they were true once but they might not be anymore. With mindfulness you can always start again. The main thing is that you have to be willing to look inside. You can’t just say, “Oh well, that’s over. I don’t want to visit it again. I don’t really have time for this.” Many people are afraid. They’re afraid of guilt, pain, or shame. It takes courage to do this. We can see ourselves as people capable of significant change, able to learn and grow from past experiences. It’s very optimistic.  ~Rabbi Rachel Cowan

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The Bible defines spiritual practice this way: “Lech l’cha from you land, your tribe, and your parents’ home to see the world as God sees it and to live as a blessing to all the families of the earth,” human and otherwise (Genesis 12:1-3). Lech lecha means to walk toward oneself. Spiritual practice is an inward journey beyond isms, ideologies, and the narratives of culture, tribe, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, ancestors, and parents, etc, that we might see all life as God manifesting. And when we do, we engage life in a manner that benefits all the living, which is the point of spiritual practice.   ~Rabbi Rami Shapiro

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