Learning to live in the current world with more faith, hope, & joy. Offering enduring wisdom for changing times.
a focus on becoming
There is no path that brings you to yourself. There is no method to make you what you have always been. True Spirituality is only a matter of becoming who you truly are.
This is not a class for the faint of heart but for those who are willing to be involved in the journey into wholeness by living life as it is, for those who are willing to have the courage to be themselves.
Ordinary Life creates a crucible in which people deepen an awareness of who they are, develop relationships with others, grow in spiritual intelligence, and make a difference in the world.
a focus on practicing
The principles of Ordinary Life lead to fullness. Not life without death or difficulty, for that's not life. Our goal is to BE in ordinary life. One can embody the principles by adopting a daily spiritual practice.
Rather than encouraging "right" beliefs that focus on the God "out there," spiritual practice connects us to the here and now. A common retort is, "I don't have time." But the fact is everyone meditates. The issue is about what and to what degree you exercise conscious control over a meditation practice.
If you choose a path that enlarges your being and contributes to the common good in matters of inclusivity, peace, hope, and joy then you take up a practice that "meditates" on these matters.
If we are to be open to wise and useful teachings that lead us to grow in wisdom and compassion, we have to move beyond the world of words and ideas, though they are useful, into a world that cannot be contained or constrained by words and ideas. Dualism is useful, indeed vital, but only up to a certain point. We use dualistic thinking to take us to the edge of wisdom and understanding, but something else is needed. That is one of the reasons I have started teaching more about mysticism.
You can access the Ordinary Life teachings here on our web site as well as in iTunes.
I am excited to introduce Karyn Richards-Kuan as our speaker tomorrow. She is a person who is a truth-teller of great integrity.
Podcast of Balm in Gilead talk is now up on the Ordinary Life website - complete with the soundtrack of the spiritual. Check it out.