Tag: Spirituality

Lazarus as Defining Central Gospel Message

One of the books I'm reading right now on my Kindle is Thomas Moore's latest work, Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels. In preparation for a renewed emphasis in 2010 on Jesus as elder brother and wayshower, which I'll be helping to teach at Unity of Monterey Bay (CA), I'm doing some background reading on alternative perspectives on the Orthodox Gospel accounts.

In one of the later chapters of the book, Moore says this about the overarching message of Jesus the Christ: "[In the Lazarus story] Jesus is revealing a truth that everyone knows or sets aside: if the world could live by the principle of love, it would find itsĀ  healing and come to life"

That felt like a good message to share with you on Christmas Eve 2009.

Agape to all and to all a Good Life.

Sleep, Insomnia and Meditation

Last night I had an unusual but not rare bout of insomnia. I've noticed that such incidents have been increasing in the past few months. Being a regular meditator, I don't worry too much about such events; I just use the time to meditate and then go back to reading or work for a while until I'm feeling tired enough to sleep.

When I first learned meditation many years ago,

Check Out My New Monday Morning Meditations

I have begun a new series in conjunction with my friends Rick Beneteau and Julian Kalmar of the Ten Million Clicks for Peace project. Every Monday morning, we'll release a brief (approximately 5 minutes) meditation designed to help you achieve inner peace. Without peace within, there can be no peace in the world. Please pop over to the meditation and while you're there, if you're not already a member, please join me in the Ten Million Clicks for Peace effort!

Thanks!

War, Peace and Spirituality

I've wondered on and off for years about the frequent combination of words like "spiritual" with words like "warrior." Aren't those two distinctly incompatible ideas? This question came back up again last week after the now-infamous sweat lodge incident involving James Ray and a group of spiritual warriors-in-training in which three people died and several others were injured. Rhonda McFarland-Schultz of Phoenix questioned the use of the idea that these people were being trained to be spiritual warriors.

At the conclusion of her column, she said, "I feel strongly that a Spiritual Warrior has no place in spirituality. Spirituality and war are not a reasonable combination." I absolutely agree.

I was talking this morning with two of my colleagues in the peace-through-spirituality movement and the subject came up there as well. How can you be "fighting for peace?" we wondered together. I was reminded that when Mother Theresa was alive, she is reported to have turned down any attempt to engage her in anti-war activities. "If you have a pro-peace event, I'll be there," she is reported to have said, "but anti-war just perpetuates war." Indeed it does. Words are things. They contain and convey emotion. They perpetuate ideas. Someone who is a "peaceful warrior" is nonethless a warrior, is he not?

I don't know. The whole thing just seems wrong-headed to me. Let's find better ways to describe ourselves. Advocate? Fan? Spirit? Other ideas?