Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Spiritual Rhythms of Life for Today

In today’s world of uncertainty and violence the prominence of the capital ‘I’ – a self-contained self – surges in us and we clamor to take authority of ourselves, through perhaps self-promotion, self-destruction, or some other means. Ironically, this self-centered ‘I’ is further from a truer selfhood and closer to a falser one. The capital ‘I’ is an illusion and only existed in the minds of philosophers akin to Descartes.

By contrast, and in the light of the repeated failure of the self-contained self to achieve its status, our present quest for being and becoming a truer self must emerge through the uncertainty and violence in seeking shelter in God – a dwelling place – not just an address. A place like this to be and become includes a safe context for memories, stories, emotions, imagination, and identity. That is, much more than a material structure. Hospitality, rest, refuge, challenge, and direction translate into some of the characteristics that begin to engage and enlarge possibilities for promoting the being and becoming a truer self.


Living Spiritual Rhythms For Today