Each Sunday we offer a brief summary of the meditations from the previous week as a kind of “index” inviting you to return to a previous meditation which may call to you.
November 14, 2022. Peter Gabel: His Writings, Part III.
Peter Gabel, cofounder of Tikkun magazine, wrote about politics, justice, compassion and reinventing his legal profession. He urged us to embrace spiritual activism and to “think with our hearts.” He called for a “respiritualization of every part of our world.” His loving and wise presence will be missed in the world.
November 15, 2022. In Praise of Praise.
Quoting various mystics and poets, we explore the importance of praise, which is part of all faith traditions and which, along with joy, helps us get through the challenging times. We are reminded that praise is intrinsic to the Via Positiva.
November 17, 2022. Let Us Praise the Air, Part II.
Scientists tell us that the air and Earth’s atmosphere is very complex and also very fragile. In fact, “we live inside a precariously thin shell of air, far less thick proportionally than the skin on an apple.” We are cautioned that the opposite of praising air is taking it for granted, polluting it, poisoning it, killing it. Let’s be grateful for our air and keep it sacred so that we all may live.
November 18, 2022. A Festival of Faiths: Sacred Stories.
Matthew Fox shares about his experiences at the yearly Festival of Faiths, held in Kentucky. The title this year was “Sacred Stories: Contemplation and Connection.” Matthew asked that the giant puppets representing Earth, Air, Fire, and Water–and created by UCS graduate Mary Plaster–be on the stage with him during the morning rituals that he led. Matthew was also heartened by the great energy of younger activists dedicated to social justice. They beautifully exemplify the phrase “Hope is a verb with the sleeves rolled up.”
November 19, 2022. Yeats on Celebration, Praise, and Festivity.
We reflect on these beautiful words from Yeats:
We must laugh and we must sing,
We are blessed by everything
Everything we look upon is blessed.
We also reflect on the many opportunities we have to celebrate through festivities. Truly this is all about joy and Original Blessing.