Moving Out of the Arena of Being Run and Ruined By Fear

ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life

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Summary for August 18, 2019

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Dear Folks -

Fear is running and ruining individual lives and the cultures that contain us. As people interested in growing in experiencing and expressing the virtues of peace, love, joy, patience and humility; we have a responsibility, I believe, to seek out the root causes of fear and move out of the arena where fear is in control. That, in a sentence or two, is what the talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week sought to address. I began with Neil Douglas-Klotz’s rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer” as a way to ground us. Then talked about how our projections of both our unconscious and our shadows block us from treating other people as we ourselves would like to be treated. I also spoke about how rare it is for us to be here and how we can use the Five Mindfulness Trainings to extend the practice of compassion into our various worlds. I called the talk -

Moving Out of the Arena of Being Run and Ruined by Fear

That is a very brief summary of the talk I offered this week in Ordinary Life. As if often the case, I think the audio version is different and, I think, better than the text.

You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides, listen to the audio of the talk and/or watch the video of the talk using the links below.

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

To read or download the text of the talk, click here.

To view or download the presentation slides, click here.

To listen to the audio version of the talk, use the link below.




The Most Important Teaching Jesus Never Gave

ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life

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Summary for August 11, 2019

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Dear Folks -

It was good to be with you on this past Sunday. I want to acknowledge and give thanks for and to Holly Hudley and the outstanding job she did while I was taking a break from teaching.

I am not going to spend time in Ordinary Life talking about our recent Pilgrimage experience. There are at least a dozen blog posts on the Ordinary Life website along with photos if you are interested in following up on the trip.

I called the talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week -

The Most Important Teaching Jesus Never Gave

The title is meant to reflect that only symbols and symbolic language can communicate non-duality. Also, in my opinion, we cannot refuse to enter into a time of lament and mourning in response to the recent mass shootings and our apparent cultural paralysis to do anything about them or acknowledge out cultural complicity in how and why they occur. While away I read a little book by Archbishop Rowan Williams titled “Writing in the Dust.” It was his response to the tragedy of 9/11 and the book revolves around a simple but profound question: “What are we prepared to learn from this?”

Jesus once gave a teaching in which he asked “Why are you anxious?” The teaching, however, wasn’t given in words. Jesus simply referred to “the lilies of the field.” What does that mean? What are we prepared to learn - both from that and our current cultural crisis? I want us to use the teachings of Jesus to show us how we can stand in, with, against and in service to our culture. One way to do this might be to take seriously Richard Rohr’s definition of what it means to be Christian. Rohr says, “To be Christian is to learn to see Christ in everything and in everyone.” Quite a challenge. It does, however, contribute to healing the divisions and are spitting our world apart.

That is a very brief summary of the talk I offered this week in Ordinary Life. As if often the case, I think the audio version is different, I think better, than the text.

You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides, listen to the audio of the talk and/or watch the video of the talk using the links below.

By the way, we have renewed our commitment to writing weekly blog posts. Between myself, Holly Hudley, and Brooke Summers-Perry, we hope to bring you meaningful reflections relevant to the content of weekly lectures and to our general spiritual growth. Click the green button below to redirect to the blog.

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

To read or download the text of the talk, click here.

To view or download the presentation slides, click here.

To listen to or download the audio version of the talk, use the link below.



Justice for Our Neighbors

Manne Favor

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Ordinary Life summary for the week of August 4, 2019

Dear Friends -

Thanks so much for joining Manne Favor in Ordinary Life last Sunday. Learning about the work JFON does could not come at a more appropriate time. Following the mass shooting in El Paso, driven by hatred and fear of Latino Immigrants, it is more important than ever to learn of organizations showing compassion and care to immigrant populations. Often the reasons people leave home to come to a foreign land are driven by violence, abuse, famine and poverty. Immigrants come seeking hope. If you are so inclined, click here to read Warsan Shire’s poem Home to get a bit of insight into the complex pain of immigration.

What I took away from Manne’s talk is the idea of radical hospitality that commands us to “love our neighbors AS ourselves.” This is, as they say, the golden rule. Please consider going to JFON’s website to learn more about what they do (http://www.jfonhouston.org/home). And if you’d like to support their work and get some exercise, consider running on their behalf in one of the upcoming races (http://www.jfonhouston.org/events).

Click HERE to read the text from which Manne spoke.

You may also listen to the audio of his talk by clicking the link below.

Next week we will have Bill at the helm once again! Thank you SO much for supporting the work of Ordinary Life in his absence!

Be well and much love,

Holly


Justice is Love in Action

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Ordinary Life summary for the week of July 28, 2019

Wow. What an incredible time to have spent with Dr. Cleve Tinsley. I could have talked with him all day! Someone said to me after class, “There are times when a new door in the psyche is opened, and you didn’t know it was there, but now we get a chance to walk through.” Thanks for being willing to walk through the door, folks.

The full quote from which Cleve spoke about community and justice is:

“Justice is how love manifests itself in relationship to another person. If people in any social context are not striving for equity and justice among each other then one has a right to question that community’s understanding of love.”

May we all look deeply at how we DO justice and equity in the communities in which we operate. Invite wisdom and light to pour into the spaces where we can grow and that, my friends, is an act of fierce love.

Be well and much love, Holly

To read the written text of the talk, click HERE.

To listen to the audio of the talk, click on the player below.

To watch the video, click on the player below.

Below is the schedule of the speakers coming to ProjectCURATE this fall. I encourage you to check them out.

 
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