Reflections from Our Directors
“Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be amid these things and still be calm in your heart.”
The Beatitudes in Aramaic and Greek give us deeper meaning, especially for the challenges we are facing in the present.
Like the geode, we develop an exterior armor early in life meant to protect us from suffering. As an Enneagram teacher I understand this protective armor to be our Enneagram type—deeply rooted patterns and habits of feeling, thinking, and behaving. We are unaware that in an effort to protect us, these patterns also limit our growth and receptivity to the Divine. ..
Love is the foundation to healing our wounded world and our personal wounds. Love creates room within to live in the space of interior freedom. The invitation from God to love is always present. Let the Spirit guide you in living in that invitation.
Whiplash is probably not a “spiritual” word, however it perfectly describes my experiences of being yanked from one emotion to another.
Have you ever thought about how animals teach you? Maybe your cat or dog has taught you lessons, maybe also birds, squirrels, rabbits, or deer? Native Americans are astute observers of animals and name their clans after them.
Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) – Mystic, Poet, Musician, Healer and Teacher: A Woman for Others
We are all called today to have courage to be radically truthful, to be fearless in our directness in speech and purpose, and to accept a personal commitment for the poor. This perspective also invites us to not only “stir up the conscience of the people of “our time. It invites us to trust and be open to our conscience being “stirred up” too and trusting where and how the Spirit is guiding each of us. Hildegard of Bingen died September 17th, 1179 in her monastery.
The beauty of the stories of Jesus is that they reflect the human condition today. Loving one another is hard with family and with strangers. The stress of a continued pandemic and all its variants, the daily rise in gas prices, earth crying out for help, injustice unchecked, and a war leads me to want to blame and shame someone.
Yes, recovery is possible today due to many advances in the understanding of mental illnesses as “bio-chemical brain disease.”