I appreciated the following quote extracted from a self-reflective post by Simon Carey Holt. It’s a quote that well ties together a post which resonates for me on a number of levels.
“…The bigness of the world is redemption. Despair compresses you into a small space, and a depression is literally a hollow in the ground. To dig deeper into the self, to go underground, is sometimes necessary, but so is the other route of getting out of yourself, into the larger world, into the openness in which you need not clutch your story and your troubles so tightly to your chest. Being able to travel both ways matters, and sometimes the way back into the heart of the question begins by going outward and beyond…”
In this wide-ranging, thought-provoking 2009 TED talk, Kevin Kelly muses on what technology means in our lives -- from its impact at the personal level to its place in the cosmos. I’ve been checking in on Kelly (founder of Wired magazine) for many years.
Stanley Hauerwas was recently interviewed by John Clearly on ABC Radio. Hauerwas is an American theologian, ethicist, and public intellectual who's been described as the greatest living theologian in the English-speaking world.
Also, Exploring the New Paradigm: Girard and the Christianity of the 21st Century - the transcript of the session with Brian McLaren and James Alison recorded at the 2013 Colloquium on Violence and Religion held at the University of Northern Iowa.
“The hunger deepens and becomes more and more insistent for ridding ourselves of the tremendous burden of pretensions. We long for relationships in which it is no longer needful for us to pretend anything. The clue to the answer is in the awakening within us of the sense of living our lives consciously in God’s presenceT.”
This has been such an impotant practice in my life, one which hasn't always been easy, but as with any practice it becomes easier with time and practice. I haven't come across Thurman before, but I must say he's been a rch discovery along the way.
"I must let go. For so long I have held to the habit of holding on.
Even my muscles
Are tense; deeply fearful are they
Of relaxing lest they fall away from their place.
I cling clutchingly to my friends
Lest I lose them.
I live under the shadow of being supplanted by another.
I cling to my money, not so much
By a wise economy and a thoughtful spending
But by a sense of possession that makes me depend upon it for strength.
I must let go— Deep at the core of me
I must have a sense of freedom—- A sure awareness of detachment—of relaxation.
I must let go of everything.
I must let go of pride. But— What am I saying? Is there not a sense of pride
That supports and sustains all achievement,
Even the essential dignity of my own personality?
It may be that I must let go
My dependence upon triumphing over the fellows, which seems
To give me a sense of security in their midst.
I cringe from my pain; I do not relish
The struggle of life but I do not want to let go
Because the hurt and the tension of contest feed
The springs of my pride. They make me deeply aware.
But I must let go of everything.
I must let go of everything but God.
But God—May it not be
That God is in all the things to which I cling?
That may be the hidden reason for my clinging.
It is all very puzzling indeed. When I say
I must “let go of everything but God”
What is my meaning?
I must relax my hold on everything that dulls my sense of Him,
That comes between me and the inner awareness of His Presence
Pervading my life and glorifying
All the common ways with wonderful wonder. “
Teach me, O God, how to free myself of dearest possessions,
So that in my trust I shall find restored to me
all I need to walk in Thy path and to fulfill Thy will.
Let me know Thee for myself that I may not be satisfied
I’ve done a lot of deep reflection on “love” these last 3-years. It’s a theme I keep coming back to again and again because it just seems so important; the distillation of all theology, Missiology etc. It's at the heart of what it means to be fully and truly human, alive, whole, holy, and free.
“…We often confuse unconditional love with unconditional approval. God loves us without conditions but does not approve of every human behaviour. God doesn't approve of betrayal, violence, hatred, suspicion, and all other expressions of evil, because they all contradict the love God wants to instill in the human heart. Evil is the absence of God's love. Evil does not belong to God. God's unconditional love means that God continues to love us even when we say or think evil things. God continues to wait for us as a loving parent waits for the return of a lost child. It is important for us to hold on to the truth that God never gives up loving us even when God is saddened by what we do. That truth will help us to return to God's ever-present love…”
I was gifted this quote by John O’Donohue yesterday and it was a gift to me on so many levels. It was a gift I was able to pass onto a new friend from Ireland. The gift of a voice that has been to the deep places in the human soul and heart.
“…Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future; therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of your self. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more importantly it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey. There are no general principles of this art of being. Yet the signature of this unique journey is inscribed deeply in each soul. If you attend to your self and seek to come into your own presence, you will find exactly the right rhythm for your life. The senses are generous pathways that can bring you home…”
~ John O Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, page. 84.
You might also appreciate this interview (2007 / written) with O’Donohue by Diane Covington-Carter, herself an interesting character.