Being Open To A "Yes And . . ." Life

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

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Summary for October 15, 2017

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Dear Folks -

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

Being Open to a “Yes And . . .” Life
The Joys of Religious and Spiritual Decluttering

In the talk I attempted to confront the fact that our country suffers from the consequences of an unrecognized and unacknowledged addiction. The addiction to control and power masks a deep-seated fear and insecurity. It shows up in our need to be right and exceptional. At its worse it shows up in a violent disregard for human life. The obsession with accumulating massive weaponry, both individually and collectively, and the mass shooting incidents that now occur on a regular basis in our country are merely symptoms of this addiction. If not addressed our future will continue down the path we are currently on. There is a way out. We must face up to our collective addiction and begin to love each other as if our lives depended on it. They do.

You can read or download the text, view the presentation slides and listen to the audio 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 or download the audio version of the talk, use the link below.

 

 

 

Mystery in Words & Images: a talk by Brooke Summers-Perry

Thank you to Brooke Summers-Perry who spoke to us about her artwork as a spiritual practice in Bill's absence! Her talk was entitled Mystery in Words and Images. During the hour Brooke spoke to us about the process of reading, contemplation, and creation she goes through with each painting. Lately she uses texts from Teilhard de Chardin, Ilia Delio, John O'Donohue, and others. Brooke's work truly embodies an exploration of non-dual mind! We are so grateful to her for sharing with us. 

A few poems to highlight that she read from:


In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
— For a New Beginning by John O'Donohue

You will find me
gently moving
deep in the wilderness
most quietly assimilating
refracting and bubbling
moving along with
the never ending cycle. 
I am in process
returning back
to big expanses of water
collections of particles
unknowingly waiting
to transform and ascend
gather and descend
in showers of
solids or liquids
joining and nourishing
every living thing on the planet.
I am the current, the drop
the wave and the sea
I am the vapor, the sprinkle,
the rain and the storm
I am the smallest brook in the most remote wood
combining and changing
churning and returning
— Finding Myself by Brooke Summers-Perry

 

There is so much more richness in her work. Please visit www.summers-perry.com to see and read more about Practice Houston. To link directly to her poem on Parenting, I sit, click here. And enjoy the visuals as you hum "deep greens and blues are the colors i choose" to yourself! Be well and hope to see you next week!

To listen to the full content of the talk, click below.

Transgressing Toward Transcendence

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

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Summary for October 1, 2017

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Dear Folks -

One of the most pernicious evils coming from some forms of religion, especially some expressions of Christianity, is that of achieving perfection. This is understandable. It just isn’t mature. We begin our lives finding safety and security by following the rules of whatever “tribe” we were born into. We never truly “grow up” however until and unless we are willing to transgress those boundaries. There are profound treasures of truth buried both within us and in the wisdom of the world if we are willing to cross the lines that confine us. Embracing these truths is what allows us to experience and express who we truly are.

That, in summary, is what the talk I gave in Ordinary Life is about. In it I claimed that our true Selves showed up in the rescue efforts after Harvey. People were not asked about their religion, immigration status, education background or educational achievements - or anything else. They were just invited to “get in the boat.” Or, the responders went to whoever was in need of being rescued.

You can read or download the text, view the presentation slides and listen to the audio 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 download or read the text of the talk, click here.

To view the presentation slides, click here.

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


 

 

 

Sean Gladding

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

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Summary for September 24, 2017

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Dear Folks -

We had a guest speaker, Sean Gladding, in Ordinary Life this week. There is no text or presentation slides of his talk. However, I HIGHLY recommend your downloading and listening to the audio of the talk. His talk is a great example of doing the work required to “put our story into the story of the Sacred.” More often than not our culture encourages us to do just the opposite.

Originally hailing from Norwich, England, Sean Gladding has made his home in the United States for the last two decades. He now lives in Lexington, Kentucky and is the author of "Ten: Words of Life for an Addicted, Compulsive, Cynical, Divided and Worn-out Culture” and “The Story of God, The Story of Us.”

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 download or listen to the audio of Sean Gladding's talk, use the link below.

Sean Gladding

Sean Gladding