We ended yesterday’s DM with the sentence, “Appreciation matters.” Rabbi Heschel said that “humanity will not be saved by more information but by more appreciation.”
Are we teaching appreciation in this time of facing our own and millions of other species extinctions?
The great poet Rainer Rilke advised us to “walk your walk of lament on a path of praise,”
Yesterday, we heard from a reader who is undergoing lots of grief about the demise of Mother Earth as we know her, the extinction of so many species, with our own on the block as well.
Grief is a sign of our times—at least it should be. We should not leave it hidden and unattended-to. Much of the anger in the world today might be unconsciously due to not getting our grief out.
Good rituals do that. We need more and more ceremonies to assist us in this grief, rituals like we have been devising in our Cosmic Masses for over 25 years, and others as well.
One such ceremony one can do at home is to take a drum and beat it 15 minutes a day allowing any sounds that want to come out to come out from our third chakra (the gut). This is an ancient shamanic practice, and it works.
Grief calls for our attention today.
But so too does the Via Positiva, our Joy and Gratitude and learning still another time not to take for granted.
Another sign of our time is to wake up to not taking the health of our Earth for granted. To learn to praise anew. To recover therefore the sense of the Sacred which has been missing for so long in our academic and political and media discourse.
As Thomas Berry says,
It has been said, ‘We will not save what we do not love.’ It is also true that we will neither love nor save what we do not experience as sacred….Eventually only our sense of the sacred will save us.
This is why we are trying to counterbalance the obvious sadness we feel as we face our own possible extinction and that of so many other creatures with the Good News of the mystics.
The Via Positiva needs deepening as grief becomes our daily food.
To be continued.
See Matthew Fox, Christian Mystics.
And Charles Burack, ed., Matthew Fox: Essential Writings on Creation Spirituality, pp. 90-131, 212-218.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
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Queries for Contemplation
Have you learned to walk your walk of lament on a path of praise? Are we learning this together?
Matthew Fox: Essential Writings on Creation Spirituality
Selected with an Introduction by Charles Burack
To encapsulate the life and work of Matthew Fox would be a daunting task for any save his colleague Dr. Charles Burack, who had the full cooperation of his subject. Fox has devoted 50 years to developing and teaching the tradition of Creation Spirituality and in doing so has reinvented forms of education and worship. His more than 40 books, translated into 78 languages, are inclusive of today’s science and world spiritual traditions and have awakened millions to the much neglected earth-based mystical tradition of the West. Essential Writings begins by exploring the influences on Fox’s life and spirituality, then presents selections from all Fox’s major works in 10 sections.
“The critical insights, the creative connections, the centrality of Matthew Fox’s writings and teaching are second to none for the radical renewal of Christianity.” ~~ Richard Rohr, OFM.