befriending our ghosts

While I enjoy reflecting on the philosophical, I meditate for simple reasons: my body, mind, and heart are rejuvenated by the wisdom and love I find in silence.

I also pray for simple reasons: I’m grateful for life and at times need guidance on how to wisely navigate troubled terrain.

In my early years, I poured hours of my time into reading about religions and philosophy, trying to figure out the truth. Today, I’m less interested in answering “the big questions” with words and theories alone. The practice of sitting silence, and opening my heart to love are far more important now.

In meditation, I experience a love that transcends conceptual understanding. I imagine this love embracing all threshold points, including birth and death.

Although birth and death are traumatic and frightening, I intuit the presence of a deeper matrix of being, of goodness that holds seemingly disparate events with love. At least, on good days I intuit this.

The draw to sacred stories, rituals, and prayer does indeed lift many out of despair, helps calm fear, and strengthen our will to love fearlessly and powerfully- even in the face of death. I pray to have the strength to weave clear narratives of meaning, rooted in truth and love. I pray to experience some portion of the love that holds all prayers; the love that is ample provision for the journey. When I’m connected to that love, I find myself drawn to hold space for those around me.

~Amy Wright Glenn

remembering what makes us brave is courage in itself…it stands alone…

inquiry for today~ how to navigate your sacred stories is fuel for the tired and drained times…..tuck them away on a good day….

a willingness is needed

We are meaning-seeking creatures. Dogs, as far as we know, do not agonize about the canine condition, worry about the plight of dogs in other parts of the world, or try to see their lives from a different perspective. But human beings fall easily into despair, and from the very beginning we invented stories that enable us to place our lives in a larger setting, that revealed an underlying pattern, and gave us a sense that, against all the depressing and chaotic evidence to the contrary, life had meaning and value.

~Karen Armstrong

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