This Mother’s Day marks the fourth anniversary of our Daily Meditations. I am told we have shared 1460 meditations with you since our launch on Mother’s Day 2019.
We greet all you mothers and grandmothers–a special day of gratitude for your many works of creativity and caring over the years. May the generosity and continued birthing and joy and wonder that goes with mothering bless you in return.
We consciously chose Mother’s Day to launch our Daily Meditations because we were then and still are today very concerned about our primary mother, Mother Earth, and how she is faring at the hands of our species today.
Global warming and extinction spasms are still advancing though maybe there is hope on the horizon–with the younger generation waking up to the earth realities of our time; with many scientists in many nations working overtime to find new ways of creating post-fossil fuel futures; with some politicians and journalists out of denial and speaking the truth; as well as louder voices from a number of churches and religions.
The human race is tottering but is not completely dead yet.
In yesterday’s video I spoke of how two themes of the meditation for the day excited me: The first was about the power of joy to alter history as it did with St. Francis. The second I did not have time to speak about in the video, but in the written meditation named the potential of a new view of nature to launch a renaissance, a new view of the world “based on a spiritual initiative” as historian Pere Chenu talks of it.
Cosmogenesis, seeing the universe as a verb, as an on-going reality, holds such promise as a “spiritual initiative” that can awaken humankind. To birth a global renaissance is to re-birth economics, politics, religions, technology, art, education. Values that catch the hearts of a new generation can bring about a pouring out of spirit on young and old together. It is about our survival as a species after all.
It is a rebirth of joy and justice. Justice renders joy possible for all.
Julian of Norwich speaks to us about the Motherhood of God: “Compassion belongs to the motherhood in tender grace [and] protects, increases our sensitivity, gives life and heals…and keeps us in love.”
May we all, women and men alike, practice such motherhood daily: compassion, protection, sensitivity, giving life, healing and keeping us in love.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of Pandemic—and Beyond, p. 103.
Queries for Contemplation
Do you think the crisis of Mother Earth and Global Warming today can assist in bringing about a Renaissance? How might that come about?
Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of Pandemic–and Beyond
Julian of Norwich lived through the dreadful bubonic plague that killed close to 50% of Europeans. Being an anchoress, she ‘sheltered in place’ and developed a deep wisdom that she shared in her book, Showings, which was the first book in English by a woman. A theologian way ahead of her time, Julian develops a feminist understanding of God as mother at the heart of nature’s goodness. Fox shares her teachings in this powerful and timely and inspiring book.
“What an utterly magnificent book. The work of Julian of Norwich, lovingly supported by the genius of Matthew Fox, is a roadmap into the heart of the eco-spiritual truth that all life breathes together.” –Caroline Myss
Now also available as an audiobook HERE.