GraceNotes: Holding the Space for … Reflection

#85 — May 1, 2019

When your life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday life, something magical happens: ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul!

— Rabbi Harold Kushner

Greetings, Inspired Seekers!

What is the marrow of your belief? At your core - what is your purpose and where does your faith lie?

In troubling times, it seems to me, that we over-think and over-complicate when we would be better served as would the world if we could, instead, distill.

How would we live differently if our beliefs were not simply theories or abstractions but were rooted in practice? Daily practice. Does our lifestyle bear witness to our beliefs? Or is there a disconnect? If we honestly believe that we are living with Spirit, do our words and actions support that belief or are those just thoughts held in meditation or when we are in a house of worship? I admit that I often struggle here.

These are not easy days. Every time we turn around it seems as if we are entangled in the web of another crisis and we react with emotion instead of responding through Spirit.

For some, center is the Gospel and for others, the Torah. For some, their core is the Gita and for others, it rests in the Tao. All of these sacred writings place love, compassion and forgiveness at the root of their beliefs. Our challenge and it is a challenge is to live it. To put into daily practice those virtues, common to all and resting in the center. Our center.

In the days ahead the world would like us to believe that our lives are becoming more complicated. No. Our job is to distill our lives to the very essence of our soul and to live that essence in every choice we make. Never easy, but, yes, rather simple.

Grace-Fully Yours (in all things!),
Reverend Deborah

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