Dear Folks -
Here is a summary of the talk I gave in Ordinary Life this week.
I have given myself the task of attempting to describe what it means "to be happy" by looking at the Beatitudes given by Jesus. This talk focuses on this beatitude: Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.
Learning to practice loving-kindness and compassion is what leads us to grow more into the persons we are intended to be. Taking as a starting point a new book I am reading, "Younger Next Year," I suggest that exercise, nutrition and commitment(s) can cause us to grow spiritually. That is to say, we must engage in spiritual practices, pay attention to what we feed on, and increase the circle of our caring and concern.